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Executing Strategy: Lessons from the Military for the Private Sector

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 5:30pm

Malia K. Du Mont will draw on her experiences in the public and private sectors to compare strategic planning and decision-making processes in the government versus private companies. She will highlight lessons learned from each side of the public/private divide, and dispel some misperceptions that each side has about the other. In addition, she will offer some ideas for ways that public and private sector decision-makers can collaborate and learn from each other. Lastly, she will raise some potential future challenges that cannot effectively be addressed without public-private strategic partnerships.

About the Speaker

Malia K. Du Mont is a nonresident fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in various advisory and analyst positions at NATO, in Afghanistan, and in the Pentagon, including most recently as Director of Strategy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In this role she was involved in developing the Quadrennial Defense Review, National Security Strategy, and National Intelligence Strategy, in addition to helping to draft the President’s Intelligence Priorities. She also worked closely with the National Intelligence Council on identifying global trends and their implications. In addition, she has significant expertise in Chinese and East Asian affairs: she managed the Harvard Kennedy School China Initiative, co-founded the China-Eurasia Forum, and worked as an Asian security analyst at the CNA Corporation. In her capacity as an Army Reserve Officer, she currently serves on the China desk in the US Pacific Command’s Directorate for Strategic Planning and Policy. 

Ms. Du Mont earned a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also did graduate work at Johns Hopkins’ Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. She received her BA in Chinese from Bard College. 

She is the Director of Strategy at Amur Capital Management, and Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Axis Capital, Inc.

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This event is part of our new World Policy Security Series, led by WPI fellow Dr. Jonathan Cristol. These near-monthly roundtables will focus on a wide range of themes in international security and be responsive to events in the news. The private, off-the-record discussions will bring in security experts and analysts from academia, the private sector, and government (U.S. and non-U.S.) for clear, nuanced briefings that take you beyond the jargon and behind the headlines. Seating is limited to ensure access and participation. The initial topics to explore include: the Saudi economy; an increasingly aggressive Russia; the transatlantic relationship; cybersecurity; the future of Turkey; and more.




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