Thomas E. McNamara

From March 2006 until July 2009 Ambassador McNamara served as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, a position established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. He reported to the President and to the Director of National Intelligence and was responsible for implementing basic post-9/11 reforms in the management of information throughout the federal government and with state, local, private sector, and foreign governments.

After leaving government in the late 1990s, he returned after 9/11 at the request of the Secretary of State to be his Senior Advisor on terrorism and homeland security. His career has included service as Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador to Colombia, Special Assistant to the President, Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism, Special Negotiator for Panama, and other senior positions. From 1998 to 2001 Ambassador McNamara was President and CEO of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

He has wide diplomatic experience in political-military affairs, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, European, and Russian affairs. His overseas postings included Colombia, Russia, Congo, and France. His presentations and writings on security issues are extensive. Most recently he authored a chapter on Libyan-American relations in a book, Uniting Against Terror, published by the MIT Press.

He is the third recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, and his other awards include the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal, and La Gran Cruz de Boyaca – Colombia’s highest civilian honor.