The Honorable Mary Beth Long is Co-founder and Principal of Global Alliance Advisors, an international business consulting firm. She is also Founder of M B Long & Associates, an international legal and advisory firm. From 2007 to 2009 she served as US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group, responsible for NATO’s nuclear policy. In her Defense Department roles, she also acted as Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense on the Middle East, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Asia and Southeast Asia; and was the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcoterrorism. She also has more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) on terrorism and other security issues. She appears regularly in the media, including on Fox News, BBC and CNN, on Middle East issues and the intelligence community. She has a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) from Pennsylvania State University and in 2016 received its Distinguished Alumni Award, and she received her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law.