Klein was named special adviser to the Secretary of Defense for military professionalism, earlier this year. As such, she reports directly to Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, on issues of military ethics, character, and leadership. She also works closely with members of the Joint Staff, combatant commands, and each of the military services to ensure the Defense Department remains focused on ethical issues at every level of command.
Klein’s experience includes command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three; Commander, Task Force 124 and Strategic Communications Wing One; and 82nd Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. She commanded forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group Five as well as Task Force 64 providing strike assets during Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Klein’s staff assignments include Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Naval Military Personnel Command; White House Military Office; Brookings Legislative Fellow for Sen. Olympia Snowe; operations director, Naval Network Warfare Command, Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command; and most recently as Chief of Staff, J5, on the Joint Staff. She also has more than 4,500 flight hours in the EC-130 and the E-6. Her decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and other personal, unit, and campaign awards.
Other panels will include:
- An on-the-record discussion with top public affairs officers from the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as all four services;
- Women in Combat: breaking down the final barriers;
- The Future of US Special Operations;
- The WMD Threat;
- And, the Nuclear Debate: Balancing New START mandates and the need to sustain and modernize the existing nuclear arsenal.
A special evening wine and cheese gathering will be held on Thursday evening at Medill’s Washington, D.C. office along with several authors.
Special Bonus: Not to be missed is the War Correspondents Dinner at 8 p.m., Friday in the Old Ebbitt Grill. This has been an ongoing tradition with MRE co-founder Sig Christenson. For more information, contact Sig at firstname.lastname@example.org.