Game Change Agency offers congratulations to Dr. Richard Downie, a retired Colonel of the U.S. Military, on joining the Faculty of ‘Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point’!
About Dr. Richard Downie
Dr. Downie has over 35 years of experience leading military, civilian government and private sector organizations. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to direct the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, one of the most respected, security-focused institutions in the Americas. As Director (SES-3 level), he led courses, seminars and conferences, as well as security dialogues and strategy workshops for ministries of defense and cabinet-level national leaders.
During a distinguished military career, he held a wide variety of command and staff positions as an Infantryman and a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Latin America. Dr. Downie served in Germany; Colombia, where he completed the LANCERO (International Ranger) School as the distinguished graduate; U.S. Army South in Panama; the United States Southern Command; the U.S. Joint Staff; the Multinational Specialized Unit in Bosnia; and in Mexico as the Defense and Army Attaché. He was also the first commander of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
In the private sector, he has served as strategist and business developer for defense and security programs; a commentator and analyst on international affairs for both English and Spanish language media (fluent Spanish) and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies of Missouri State University’s Washington D.C. Program; and is on the Board of Directors of the World Hwa Rang Do Association, a non-profit martial art.
About Thayer Development Leader Group
The Mission of the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) at West Point is to help build leaders of character by offering leadership and ethics education grounded in the United States Army leadership philosophy of “Be, Know, Do” and the United States Military Academy values of “Duty, Honor, Country,” in the inspirational venue of The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point.
TLDG is the benchmark in leadership development, providing both world-class applied academic instruction and experiential learning in an unequaled inspirational setting. Just as the Army focuses on the “whole” leader–character, knowledge, and application–TLDG’s unique 4-Pronged approach to leadership development creates an extraordinarily complete, customized experience for participants.
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