Susan Rice: U.S. Security Agencies Have Too Many White Males
During the commencement address for Florida International University, Obama national security advisor Susan Rice said that there were not enough minorities in high-ranking positions and too many elite white men.
“Minorities still make up less than 20 percent of our senior diplomats, less than 15 percent of senior military officers and senior intelligence officials,” Rice said according to prepared remarks released by the White House. ” Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale.’”
Rice argued that “a diverse national security workforce enables us to unlock all of our nation’s talent. There are some 320 million people in the United States. Nearly 40 percent are minorities, and an increasing number of them are earning college and graduate degrees.”
She continued that the State Department and defense agencies would be better served by a diversity of life experiences. “Groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes. Whether we’re confronting ISIL or Ebola, cybersecurity or climate change, solving today’s multifaceted global challenges demand more varied viewpoints and experiences than ever,” Rice argued.