Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa

Special Guest: Army Lieutenant General Robert Ashley Jr

Rendezvous Info
Thursday, March 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Ticketing Info

Join us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa will lead the briefing. Costa, a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. He will be joined by Army Lieutenant General Robert Ashley Jr., who retired as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in October of 2020.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Ashley became the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 3 October 2017. He formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence, and security. Ashley is a career army military intelligence officer with assignments in the United States and Turkey; and deployments to Operation JOINT FORGE, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan. He has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and J-2. His commands include the 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA; Intelligence Squadron, Office of Military Support, Washington, DC; and the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps. Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General, the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2OLC), Legion of Merit (1OLC), and Bronze Star Medal (2OLC). Upon his retirement he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal for dedication to the Intelligence Community throughout his career

Following their discussion of key issues, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. 

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