It’s time once again to feature some of the smart conversations that occur around the country through the Eisenhower Series College Program. For over 50 years, the Eisenhower Program has reached out to colleges and town halls across the nation to introduce War College students to audiences that are often unfamiliar with members of the U.S. military. In this episode, two senior Army officers share their personal and professional experiences with the diversity, equity and inclusion policies of the U.S. Army. Kirk Daniels and Dena Goble are in the virtual studio with podcast host Ron Granieri. Their conversation ranges in topic from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—its inception and its end—to frank and honest conversations with leaders and supervisors and the many positive aspects of a diverse force that represents the nation it defends.
When we bring in people with diverse backgrounds and demographic diversity, whatever it might be, we bring in different ideas for ways to solve problems or address situations that we might not other otherwise have access to.
Kirk Daniels is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with over 20 years of service. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Kirk’s career has been equally spilt, formerly as an Infantry Officer and currently as a Cyber officer. His last few assignments have largely focused on enhancing security cooperation with Allies and partners, including planning tactical exercises to build interoperability among multinational forces, overseeing Resolute Support technical-based non-lethal effects in Afghanistan from 2019-2020, and most recently serving as a Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Warfare planner within NATO’s Cyberspace Operations Centre. He is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Dena Goble is a colonel with over 35 years of combined enlisted and commissioned Army Reserve service. As a military police officer, her expertise is in detainee operations, specifically in Guantanamo Bay and Iraq. As a civil affairs professional she partnered with the Jordanian Armed Forces to enhance the integration of women into their military and liaised intergovernmental coordination for the Syrian refugee crisis. Most recently, she served in support of the DHS during the resettlement of Afghan evacuees. She is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Ron Granieri is Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: Members of the West Point Class of 1915 which was known as “The Class the Stars Fell On,” whose graduates included Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, posing in front of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1915.
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