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Citadel News Service
18 Sep 2013

Conference examines threats to national security

Port vulnerability explored

In 1983, Edward Zwick’s television drama Special Bulletin depicted terrorists bringing a nuclear weapon on board a vessel into the port of Charleston with disastrous consequences. The production earned four Emmy awards, the Directors Guild of American prize, the Writers Guild of America prize, and the Humanitas prize for the way it raised the then largely unasked question:

How vulnerable are our ports and what means are, or ought, to be in place to counter rising terrorist threats to American citizens?

That question will be the focus of The Citadel Southeast Region Security and Intelligence Conference.  Organized by the Department of Criminal Justice as part of the college’s new graduate and undergraduate programs in National Security Studies and Intelligence Analysis, the meeting will be held Oct. 11-12, at Francis Marion Hotel. All panel sessions are free and open to the public.

“Rarely has such a distinguished cross-section of experts from government, higher education, and the private sector come together in a public forum to exchange ideas on current national security challenges,” said Randy Deitering, retired CIA analyst and executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush.

The co-keynote speakers are Letitia A. Long, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration. 

“The conference,” said Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Bo Moore, “promises to enhance our understanding of the security challenges we face on the Southeastern coast of our country and how best to address them on the nation’s behalf.”

Panel sessions will address topics such as:

Terrorist Challenges Beyond Al Qaeda:  Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Port Resilience in Response to Disaster Shaping Intelligence Education in the Wake of Snowden
Project Sea Hawk:  Local Intelligence Information Sharing
Intelligence Lessons Learned:  Benghazi and Mumbai
Mass Rescue Operations in Response to Disaster
Crisis Leadership Training for Law Enforcement, Military and Nongovernmental Organizations
Cyber Security Risk Mitigation and Management The Intersection of Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

Among the panelists participating:

Dr. James Rice, Dep. Director, M.I.T. Center for Transportation and Logistics
Dr. Mary Desjeans, Former Dep. Director for Intelligence/Strategic Programs, C.I.A.
Stu Shea, Chief Operating Officer, LEIDOS
Marilyn Peterson, Director, Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence
Dr. Stanley Supinski, Center for Homeland Defense & Security Naval Postgraduate School
Cmdr. Gina Freeman, U.S. Coast Guard
Carrie Fisher, Assistant United States Attorney for South Carolina
Brian Womble, Special Agent in Charge, F.B.I.
Dr. Martha Hurley, Chairperson, Department of Criminal Justice, The Citadel
Edward Pumphrey,  Special Agent,  SC  SLED Counter Terrorism Operations
Burt Tussing, Director, Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group, U.S. Army War College
Al Cannon, Charleston County Sheriff
Leo Fox, CEO Tenacity Solutions
Cynthia Storer, Retired Senior Intelligence Analyst, Lecturer, Coastal Carolina University
Michael Braun, Managing Partner, Spectre Group International, Former Chief Operations, DEA

For more information, including a full listing of panels and participants, please visit the conference’s website.