Darryl Long - Institute for Security Governance
Advising & Consulting Division
Advising & Consulting Division
Mr. Darryl Long joined the Defense Institution Reform Initiative (DIRI) in April 2012 as lead for Defense Institution Building initiatives in the Western Hemisphere, and since then has worked Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) issues with federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC) and contracted subject matter expert (SME) teams in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Long’s work in SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM areas of focus has helped strengthen bilateral and multilateral defense and security relationships; improved partner nation capability and resource planning in support of national and bilateral priorities; and enhanced partner defense management systems across all resource categories.
Prior to joining the Institute for Security Governance (ISG), Mr. Long spent over 20 years as a United States Army Aviator, Special Operations and Foreign Area Officer where he held command and staff positions; gained multinational field and headquarters experience in Operation Provide Comfort (Turkey/Iraq), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan/Pakistan); acquired Combatant Command staff experience at the SOUTHCOM and Joint Staff experience in the Directorate for Intelligence; and served three consecutive US Embassy assignments in Bolivia, Colombia, and Pakistan.
While on active duty, Mr. Long served in Pakistan where he was in charge of a multinational, cross-functional team responsible for planning and coordinating complementary NATO and Pakistani Military counter-insurgency operations along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; successfully developed and led execution of a multi-year USD$220M Security Cooperation program supporting the Colombian military’s efforts to outmaneuver, outfight, and outpace the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia; worked with Colombian Ministry of National Defense and US Department of State to assure long-term fiscal self-sustainability of Plan Colombia Helicopter Program–the single largest US Government ‘hard side’ investment during Plan Colombia; and worked civil-military operations with French, German, Italian, and Spanish military leaders of Multi-National Division Southeast in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr. Long holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the US Naval Postgraduate School; a Bachelor of Arts in History and Languages from Florida Southern College; and possesses native Spanish fluency and professional French skills. A long-time 'Latin Americanist,' he has over thirty-five years of personal and professional experience in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Long now lives with his better-half, Laurie, in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Security & Defense Policy & Strategy
- Security & Defense Planning
- Change Management
- Irregular Warfare
- Transnational Threats