The Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg, Inc.


PO Box 60665 Harrisburg, PA 17106-0665
Founded in 1949

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 The 4th Annual President’s

Speakers Series

 Wednesday November 28, 2018

West Shore Country Club



Philip Mudd


Philip Mudd joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985 as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East.  He began work in the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center in 1992 and then served on the National Intelligence Council as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia (1995-98).  After a tour as an executive assistant in the front office of the Agency’s analytic arm, Mr. Mudd went on to manage Iraq analysis at the CIA (1999-2001). 

Mr. Mudd began a policy assignment at the White House in early 2001, detailed from CIA to serve as the Director for Gulf Affairs on the White House National Security Council.  He left after the September 11 attacks for a short assignment as the CIA member of the small diplomatic team that helped piece together a new government for Afghanistan, and he returned to CIA in early 2002 to become second-in-charge of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center.  He was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Center in 2003 and served there until 2005.

 At the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Security Branch in 2005, FBI Director Mueller appointed Mr. Mudd to serve as the Branch’s first-ever deputy director.  He later became the FBI’s Senior Intelligence Adviser.  Mr. Mudd resigned from government service in March 2010.

Mr. Mudd is the recipient of numerous CIA awards and commendations, including the Director’s Award; the George H.W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism; the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; the first-ever William Langer Award for excellence in analysis; and numerous Exceptional Performance wards.

During his assignments at CIA and the FBI, Mr. Mudd has commented about terrorism in open and closed Congressional testimony, and he has been featured by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, al-Jazeera, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.  Mr. Mudd has written in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and Sentinel, the journal of the US Military Academy’s Combatting Terrorism Center. 

Mr. Mudd is the President of Mudd Management, a company specializing in security consulting; analytic training; and public speaking about security issues.  He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.  He now serves as Senior Global Adviser to Oxford Analytica, a British-based firm specializing in advising multinational companies.   He sits on the advisory board for the National Counterterrorism Center and for the Director of National Intelligence, and he serves on the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group.

Mr. Mudd graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in English Literature (1983), and he earned an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia (1984).  He speaks French.

Who We Are
The Association believes that foreign policy is everyone’s business.  
Our mission is to offer, in an unbiased way, information about international issues and policies to our citizens to help them make informed judgments about their relations with neighbors in our global space.

 Our local Association, while aligned with the national Foreign Policy Association, is independently governed by a local board of directors. Our local Association is non- profit and nonpartisan.  It is funded by membership fees and donations.

Contributions to the Foreign Policy Association are deductible to the fullest extent of the law under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.
What We Do
The Association presents a series of eight monthly dinner meetings which feature speakers selected for their experience or expertise on the topics selected by the Board  of Directors.  The meetings are usually conducted on the fourth Thursday of the month.  A social hour starts at 17:30 (5:30) PM, dinner is at 18:30 (6:30) PM, the speaker begins promptly at  19:30 (7:30) PM, and a Q/A session follows.  The presentation ONLY is free and open to the public. There is a small fee for the dinner.
The Association hosts a reception in November for the “International Fellows Class” at the U.S. Army War College.  The Fellows are foreign military officers from more  than 50 countries who spend a year studying with their U.S. military counterparts.
In May, the Association sponsors a visit to the U.S. State Department followed by  a briefing at a foreign embassy from its ambassador.  A corresponding ethnic luncheon  is planned between the briefings.

The “Great Decisions” program encourages small informal groups to meet  to discuss key issues from the National Association study guide, Great Decisions.

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Michele Sellitto

Vice President

Howard Davison

Fay GeeGee

Dave Green

Term ending 2018

Cathy Beker

Ann Glasscock

Donna Julian

David Messner

Richard Slade

Pete St. Pierre

Stuart Snyder

Frank Swit

Term Ending 2019

William Anderson

 Ben Fleming

Carol Nechemias

Ron Pontius
Phyllis Skok

Cathy St. Pierre

Alan Stolberg
John Taylor

On Board

Clem Gilpin

Robert Cypcar

Alan Gallagher

Col. Edward Skender

David J. Spader

We have simply outgrown the Radisson with some meetings last year surpassing 200 people in attendance! 
We thank the Radisson for the years that we have met there
 and look forward to meeting EACH MONTH in 2018-2019 at the

West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill.

Social hour & Dinner Information

Time: 5:30 PM: Social Hour (Cash Bar)
6:30 PM: Sit Down Dinner

MENU for September Meeting
Garden Greens Tossed Salad
Braised Swiss Steak Jardinière
     Rich Vegetable Pan Gravy, Mashed Russet Potatoes,
     Fall Vegetable Medley
Fruits of the Forest Pie

7:30 PM: Presentation w/ Q & A

Cost for FPA Members: $30.00
We Welcome Non-members to attend dinners.
The non-member cost is: $35.00

There is no charge for anyone to attend the program presentation only, beginning at 7:30 PM.

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Ron at (717) 991-0899
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