You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of
Black Swans, Gray Ducks, and Pink Flamingos: Examining Intelligence and Warning in Pearl Harbor
Professor Michelle DiGruttolo
Senior Managing Director at Ankura
Friday, December 7th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Please join IWP for our annual Pearl Harbor Day lecture with Professor Michelle DiGruttolo followed by a reception. This event is sponsored by the Student Veterans Association.
About the Lecture: Warning is one of the most crucial intelligence functions, but it is arguably the most difficult to achieve. Since the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, experts have authored volumes on avoiding surprise and providing early warning of impending attacks. DiGruttolo’s discussion will use the intelligence failure behind the Pearl Harbor attack to explore forecasting events according to intelligence theory.
About the Speaker: Michelle DiGruttolo is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, where she leads the firm’s geopolitical advisory team with more than 25 years of experience as a trusted advisor to senior decision-makers in the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and corporate executives. Michelle leverages her geopolitical expertise to help clients identify risks and opportunities in emerging and frontier markets, and she specializes in the developing field of digital terrain analysis.
Michelle is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics and the assistant director of Intelligence for the Military Cyber Professionals Association. She is an Army intelligence veteran with over 20 years’ experience in the U.S. intelligence community and in senior executive level support.
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