2017 Guest Speaker

Major General Julie A. Bentz


Major General Bentz is the Vice Director of the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization responsible for providing quick reaction capabilities to counter improvised explosive devices and other threats encountered by our warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to her current assignment, MG Bentz served as the director, Strategic Capabilities Policy on the National Security Council under President Obama and as the director, Nuclear Defense Policy on the Homeland Security Council under President Bush.

Major General Bentz was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1986 upon graduation from Oregon State University and has served in a variety of active, reserve and National Guard assignments in nuclear defense, homeland security, health physics, environmental science, and as a traditional nuclear, biological and chemical officer. She holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Columbia, Missouri.

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