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"Ask the Expert" Presents:
Barbara McNamara, former deputy director of the National Security Agency

On April 16, we welcomed Ms. McNamara to campus for a conversation with our community. She covered the relationship between information security and national security; shared her perspectives about the evolution of technology and its impact on security initiatives; provided insights from her experiences advancing to senior positions in a male-dominated field; shared tales from her time at the NSA; and addressed questions in an open forum.

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Ask the Expert Presents Barbara McNamara

Ms. Barbara McNamara became the first woman to be named Deputy Director of Operations of the National Security Agency in 1994. In 1997, she became the second woman to be named the agency's Deputy Director. In June, 2000, she received the U.S. Intelligence Community's highest award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. At the time, she was one of the highest ranked women in the United States intelligence community.

She is a graduate of Regis College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the National War College. She has received a number of awards and commendations, including the NSA Exceptional Service Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

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