Global Affairs Beyond COVID-19: A Panel Discussion Hosted by Global Guardian
November 20, 2020 | 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
Global Guardian CEO, Dale Buckner moderated this panel discussion around the global state of affairs beyond COVID-19 with experts in the space, including Four Star General Pete Schoomaker, former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Douglas Wise, and Global Guardian VP of Global Risk Services, Mike McGarrity. The discussion touched on existing 2020 security and business challenges and the year ahead.
Meet the Speakers
General Pete J. Schoomaker
(Retired) 35th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Former Commander‑in‑Chief
General Schoomaker, US Army (Retired), was recalled to active duty from retirement by the Secretary of Defense and the President on 1 August 2003 as the 35th Chief of Staff, Army, and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2003 until 2007. Prior to his first retirement, he served as Commander‑in‑Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command from 1997 to 2000. General Schoomaker spent over 35 years in a variety of command and staff assignments with both conventional and special operations forces. Now released from active duty, General Schoomaker advises on defense matters and has served on the boards of numerous public, private, and non-profit companies, including over a decade on the board of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Douglas H. Wise
Former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Douglas served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2014 until August 2016. Following 20 years of active duty in the Army where he served as an infantry and special operations officer, he spent the remainder of his career at CIA.
Vice President of Global Risk Services, Global Guardian
Mike McGarrity is Vice President of Global Risk Services at Global Guardian an international security and crisis response firm. In this role, Mike works with Fortune 500 clients and organizations to provide comprehensive tailored security and crisis response solutions. With 28 years of public service, the last 23 years with the FBI, Mike has led teams at all levels to protect the American people. Mike most recently served as the FBI’s Assistant Director of Counterterrorism, with daily oversight of all counterterrorism operations in the FBI’s 56 field offices and almost 80 overseas offices. McGarrity was continuously recognized for his strategic vision and performance and has served in some of the FBI’s most challenging and critical positions, including serving as the squad supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial squad, Director of Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council, first Director of the USG’s Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office, and Assistant Director of Counterterrorism, the FBI’s priority mission. Prior to his career with the FBI, Mike was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He has received numerous awards from the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and ODNI. Most notably, Mike is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished where he was recognized for his strategic leadership and sustained efforts disrupting countless threats against America. A New Jersey native, McGarrity graduated from Delbarton School and holds certificates from Harvard and Northwestern. McGarrity obtained his undergraduate and law degree magma cum laude from The Catholic University of America.
CEO & President, Global Guardian
Dale Buckner is the CEO of Global Guardian and has been leading Global Guardian since its inception in March 2012. He is a decorated Combat-Commander with multiple combat tours and classified operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti and Cuba and executed deployments to Russia, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Panama, Kuwait, and Qatar. Dale served in the United States Army Infantry (9 years), Military Intelligence (2 years), and Special Forces Green Berets (13 years). He commanded 5 organizations including an Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon, Special Forces Scuba Team, Special Force Counter-Terrorism Team, a Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Task Force, and a Special Troops Battalion.
Dale has Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and Business, Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration, a Masters Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Cornell and was a Senior Fellow at the Tufts University School of Law and Diplomacy. Dale earned a total of 27 awards and decorations highlighted by his combat Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.