Eric Traupe to address NACDS-PAC event during 2023 annual meeting

Traupe brings 30 years of combined experience in the CIA and U.S. Marine Corps and will explore current global threats.
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Eric Traupe, former Central Intelligence Agency assistant director and national intelligence leader, will speak at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Chain Members and NACDS Political Action Committee Breakfast during the 2023 NACDS Annual Meeting held April 22-25 in Palm Beach, Fla.

A powerful voice in the intelligence community and one of its leading national security professionals, Traupe served on the front lines of U.S. counterterrorism efforts for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, Traupe acted as a trusted advisor to CIA directors, presidents, cabinet and military officials and members of Congress. He also participated in a range of White House strategic, policy and resource decisions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eric Traupe to this year’s NACDS Annual Meeting,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “With geopolitical risks, global economic stress and dynamics involving China, Russia and North Korea top-of-mind, attendees can look forward to an extremely timely discussion.”

In addition to advising U.S. and world leaders, military officials and private industry executives in his role as assistant director of the CIA for the Near East, Traupe’s work centered on responding to trends impacting the global landscape.

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Notably, Traupe directed traditional intelligence activities focused on Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions, the CIA’s foreign partnerships across the Middle East and North Africa and global competition with China and Russia. He also spearheaded initiatives to develop cyber, technology and data exploitation solutions to address complex national security issues.

As a member of the CIA’s Expanded Corporate Board, Traupe led thousands of officers from different professional units, developed and executed multi-billion-dollar budgets and addressed acute intelligence and foreign policy challenges on behalf of the CIA director.

Prior to the CIA, Traupe served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 10 years. He held several command and staff assignments and completed deployments to the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, Japan and Europe.

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Traupe’s contributions to the intelligence community have been recognized with several honors, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Clandestine Service Career Award, CIA’s Director Award (twice), George W. Bush Award for Excellence and the Presidential Rank Awardto name a few.

Traupe holds an MBA in international business from American University and a BA in communications from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he played Division I football as an inside linebacker, participating in two Rose Bowls and a Gator Bowl.