Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker Announced!

CADCA is pleased to have Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, James A Walsh as the Keynote Speaker at CADCA's 18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute. Mr. Walsh is responsible for supporting the U.S. State Department programs and policies to combat illicit drugs and organized crime around the world. 

Mr. Walsh has served in various senior leadership roles in the INL Front Office since January 2015. In that time, he directed State Department law enforcement and rule of law assistance activities in Europe and Asia (excluding Pakistan and Afghanistan) while overseeing the Department’s Air Wing and INL’s resources. He was served as the Senior Bureau Official from December 2017 to May 2018 and Acting Principal Deputy Secretary from May to August 2018.

James Walsh was born and raised in Northern Indiana. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has a bachelor’s degree from West Point, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University. Mr. Walsh received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2017.