2013 Domenici Conference Speakers

Gwen Bingham

Image of Brig. Gen. Gwen BinghamBrig. Gen. Gwen Bingham is commanding general of White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces and a native of Troy, Ala. She graduated from Army ROTC as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Alabama in August 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in general business management. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. Bingham has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in national security strategy and resources from the National Defense University.

Bingham has attended numerous training schools commensurate with her rank and is the recipient of numerous military and civic awards and decorations. She has served in myriad staff and leadership positions throughout her career in both the continental U.S. and overseas. Bingham deployed in April 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom while serving as special assistant to the commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Kabul, Afghanistan and Kandahar, Afghanistan. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Army’s 51st quartermaster general and commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va. On April 19, 2013, Bingham was confirmed by the Senate for promotion to major general.

John R. Bolton


John R. Bolton served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006. Prior to his appointment, Bolton served as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security from 2001 to 2005. A Yale-educated attorney, he also served other roles in the Department of State and the Department of Justice.

Bolton currently serves as a foreign policy senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit public policy think tank. He is a contributor to FOX News Channel and his op-ed articles are regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.

Guy F. Caruso


Guy F. Caruso is a senior adviser in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan foreign and national security policy institution. He previously served as administrator of the Energy Information Administration, the statistical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that provides independent data, forecasts, and analyses regarding energy. Before leading EIA, Caruso spent more than 30 years in the energy industry, and is a specialist in energy markets, policy and security.

Caruso holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a master of public administration degree from Harvard University.

Lowell Catlett


Lowell Catlett is a Regents Professor in agricultural economics and agricultural business and extension economics and the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Catlett is internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and is in demand as a speaker and consultant on predicting and planning for near- and long-term futures.

Catlett received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State University, and has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with numerous other national awards for teaching, agriculture and public service.

He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.

William H. Frist


William H. Frist is a retired two-term Republican U.S. senator representing Tennessee. He served as majority leader from 2003 until his retirement in 2007. Frist began his career as a heart and lung transplant surgeon and has been a leading voice in the debate over health care policy, having served on the Senate’s Health and Finance committees.

Frist majored in health policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, then graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School, and completed advanced surgical fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.

Today, Frist is focused on health reform, the basic science of heart transplantation, global health policy, K-12 education reform, economic development in low-income countries, health care disparities, and medical mission work in Sudan.

Susana Martinez


Susana Martinez was elected governor of New Mexico on Nov. 2, 2010, making her the first Latina governor in United States history. Martinez was the district attorney for the Third Judicial District in Dona Ana County, a position she held for 14 years.

Martinez identified education reform as one of her top priorities as governor, pushing for schools to be graded on the same scale as students – A, B, C, D or F – so that parents and communities have a clearer understanding of how schools are performing. She has also made cuts to government spending in an effort to reach a balanced budget, and has prioritized transparency and ethics, placing restrictions on lobbyists.

Martinez was born and raised in El Paso and has made Las Cruces her home since the 1980s. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Joshua Cooper Ramo


Joshua Cooper Ramo is vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international investment and government relations consulting firm. He has served as lead China adviser on more than $20 billion in transactions.

He joined Time magazine in 1996 as the youngest senior editor in the magazine’s history and went on to become its foreign editor and assistant managing editor.

A Mandarin speaker who divides his time between homes in New York and Beijing, he has been called “one of China’s leading foreign born scholars” by the World Economic Forum. He served as China analyst for NBC’s Beijing Olympics coverage and shared in a Peabody and Emmy Award for his commentary at the opening ceremony.

Trained as an economist, Ramo holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from New York University. He is originally from the Albuquerque area where his parents, Dr. Barry and Roberta Cooper Ramo, still reside.

Ken Salazar


Ken Salazar is a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and senator from Colorado. Salazar also served as Colorado’s attorney general prior to his Senate term. As a senator, he served on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, among others.

Salazar is currently a partner in international law firm WilmerHale, where he provides legal, strategic and policy advice to national and international clients, particularly on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy. He regularly appears as a speaker, sharing his expertise in energy policy.

Salazar received his law degree from the University of Michigan and a political science degree from Colorado College. He later received honorary doctorates of law from Colorado College, the University of Denver and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Marianne Walck


Marianne Walck is the director of the Geoscience, Climate and Consequence Effects Center at Sandia National Laboratories. She leads an organization of approximately 170 people with expertise in earth sciences, infrastructure interdependency, and all-hazards consequence effects management. Walck serves on the Sandia Research Leadership Team representing the Geoscience Research Foundation, is the deputy director for Sandia’s Climate Security Program, and is associate director for the Center for Frontiers of Energy Security, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center.

Walck earned her Ph.D. in geophysics (seismology) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1984; a master’s in geophysics, also from Caltech in 1981; and a bachelor’s degree in geology/physics from Hope College in Holland, Mich., in 1978. She is author of more than 50 technical papers and published presentations. She holds memberships in the American Geophysical Union, the Seismological Society of America, the Association for Women Geoscientists and the American Nuclear Society.

Norm Warpinski


Norm Warpinski is a Halliburton Fellow at Pinnacle in Houston, where he works on the development of new tools and analyses for hydraulic fracture mapping, reservoir monitoring, hydraulic fracture design and analysis, and integrated solutions for reservoir development. He joined Pinnacle in 2005 after previously working as a senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories from 1977 to 2005 on various projects in oil and gas, geothermal, carbon sequestration, waste repositories and other geomechanics issues.

Warpinski has extensive experience in various types of hydraulic fracture mapping and modeling and has been involved in large-scale field experiments from both the hardware and software sides. He has also worked on formation evaluation, geomechanics, natural fractures, in situ stresses, rock behavior and rock testing.

He received his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1973 and 1977, respectively, after receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971.