There are very few of us of a certain age that do not remember where we were on September 11, 2001. The brutal reality that an enemy could strike our soil and kill 3,000 fellow Americans in less than two hours seemed incomprehensible. Why did we not know in advance? Why could we not defend ourselves in our own homeland? And so, began The Long War.

Over the past 16 years, America has done its best to make up for the deficits that led to the brutal surprise of 9/11. Before, national security was seen as something that stopped at our physical borders. Today, a new and ever developing complex interconnected system of government and private enterprises work to keep us safe in this Long War…touching the realms of land, sea, air, space, cyber, and ideas.

We at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security are training the next generation of leaders. They will guide the mechanism and continue to hone the capabilities to keep our nation safe. Our programs in National Security, Intelligence, and Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) give our students the insights and capabilities to step into those crucial roles. They will become the leaders of the next generation in The Long War.

Author

Ronald A. Marks, M.A.

Ronald A. Marks is currently the Chair of the Intelligence program at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS).

Ronald “Ron” Marks is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, Ron was a clandestine service officer and a Senate Liaison for five DCIs. He went on to serve on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole and Trent Lott. Ron maintains his involvement with intelligence matters as a member of various Intelligence Community advisory groups.

Marks was President of Intelligence Enterprises, LLC, a privately held national security management-consulting firm. He also headed the DC office of Oxford Analytics, a nationally recognized analytical, strategic, and consulting firm.

He is the author of Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change.