Area of Expertise: Intelligence Policy
Colonel Heidi A. Urben, Ph.D., USA is a military intelligence officer assigned to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. She was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Notre Dame in May 1997. Her past assignment highlights include: deployments to Bosnia (1999-2000) and Afghanistan (2004-2005 and 2010-2011); various staff positions in the 10th Mountain Division and the 25th Infantry Division; command of an intelligence company in Hawaii; Military Aide to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; operations officer and executive officer for a counterintelligence battalion at Fort Meade; Assistant Professor of American Politics, Policy, and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy; and Commander of the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion in Hawaii. In June 2018, she will take command of a military intelligence brigade at Fort Meade. Colonel Urben holds a B.A. in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame, an M.P.M., M.A., and Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University, and a M.S. in national security strategy from the National War College. Her research interests include civil-military relations, mass media and politics, and public opinion, and her dissertation was entitled, Civil-Military Relations in a Time of War: Party, Politics, and the Profession of Arms.