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Susan Rice: US Security Agencies Have Too Many 'White Elite Men'

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By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 01:56 PM

During the commencement address at Florida International University on Wednesday, national security advisor Susan Rice, argued that there isn't enough diversity in U.S. security agencies with too many "white elite men" in high ranking positions and not enough minorities, Mediaite reports.

"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 Sen. Bob Graham called 'white, male, and Yale.'"

Rice added that "by now, we should all know the dangers of 'groupthink' where folks who are alike often think alike."

And, if U.S. security agencies were compromised of different people with different life experiences and cultures, the Obama administration security advisor said it would ultimately "yield better outcomes" in making America safe.

"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," Rice said.

"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."

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During the commencement address at Florida International University on Wednesday, national security advisor Susan Rice, argued that there isn't enough diversity in U.S. security agencies with too many "white elite men" in high ranking positions...
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