AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs, has been named to the Board of Advisors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, or INSA. He will serve a one-year term, which began in October of 2013 and will conclude in September of 2014.
INSA is the premier intelligence and national security organization providing a unique venue for collaboration, networking and examination of policy issues and solutions. Representing an unprecedented alliance among senior leaders from the public, private and academic sectors, INSA members form an unparalleled community of experts that collaborate to develop creative, innovative and timely solutions to the intelligence and national security issues facing the United States.
“INSA is fortunate to have Ron Burgess join its leadership team,” said INSA President Ambassador Joseph DeTrani. “Ron was an outstanding intelligence officer for the Army and our nation for 38 years, is an outstanding representative of Auburn University and will be a tremendous asset to INSA and its membership in forging meaningful public, private and academic partnerships which will greatly benefit our nation’s intelligence and national security communities
The Board of Advisors is a selective body from the INSA community charged with enhancing the functions of the Alliance. The breadth of experience among current board members includes service with the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of State, National Security Council, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as with leading private sector firms in intelligence national security-related areas.
“Auburn University joined INSA as an academic partner in February of 2013,” Burgess said. “I am pleased to now have the opportunity to join INSA’s Board of Advisors. Service on this board will help connect Auburn to the people who really make a difference and who have links to areas where Auburn would like to operate. They represent leading-edge technologies and serve as an invaluable thought engine for the nation.”
Engagement of college and university academic leadership with public and private members is key to INSA’s mission to provide the intelligence and national security communities with a nonpartisan catalyst for public-private partnerships which identify, develop and promote creative solutions. Additionally, INSA has a robust intern program which provides students with opportunities to gain significant exposure to Intelligence Community professionals, leaders, current issues and trends.