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Jeh Johnson, Moderated by Mary Alice Williams
An event you don't want to miss!
General Counsel of the Department of Defense
Come and hear an insider's view of the following issues:
The transition from campaign to governance in the Obama Administration.
Balancing national security with our American values and the rule of law.
Assessing the risks of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell: lessons learned.
The impact of the recent upheavals and transitions in the Middle East and Persian Gulf on our national security.
Mary Alice Williams
Date:Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place:Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, Fletcher Hall, 67 Church Street, Montclair
Jeh Johnson is the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. As such, he is the senior legal officer of the largest government agency in the world, and the largest military in the world, during a time of armed conflict. Mr. Johnson is responsible for reviewing the legality of U.S. military operations around the world, as well as matters of international law, fiscal law, defense acquisition, procurement, environmental issues, the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, military and civilian personnel, legislation, and litigation against the Department of Defense. In 2009, Johnson was instrumental in working with Congress to bring about key reforms to military commissions, and in 2010 he co-chaired the Defense Department working group that, after a 10-month study, concluded that the risk of a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to overall military effectiveness was low. Congress then, in December 2010, repealed the law days after the report was made public. Jeh and his family now live in Washington, but they are permanent residents of Montclair and active members of the Montclair community. Jeh was one of President Obama's early senate-confirmed appointments in the new administration, following involvement in Senator Obama's campaign and transition team.
Mary Alice Williams rose to prominence as one of the founding anchors at CNN and served as vice president in charge of its New York Bureau. She joined NBC News in 1989 and became the first woman to win a national Emmy Award for anchoring an evening newscast. Ms. Williams has written and hosted highly acclaimed specials for PBS, ABC, and Lifetime, and has won numerous awards for her work in television, radio, and interactive media. She is recognized today as one of the most important voices covering foreign policy, ethics, technology, and health. seeking solutions through community.