Louisiana Tech representatives selected to attend National Security Forum

May 10, 2016 | General News

Dr. Stan Napper, vice president for research and development, and Dr. Jeremey Mhire, associate professor of political science and director of the Waggonner Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy, represented Louisiana Tech University at the 63rd annual National Security Forum (NSF) held last week at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
Louisiana Tech SealNapper and Mhire received and accepted personal invitations from the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the exclusive event where approximately 160 civilian leaders in business, education and government from all over the U.S. met with senior military leaders to explore current and future national security issues facing our nation.
The NSF, which began in 1954 as an expansion of the Civilian Outreach Seminars held from 1947 through 1949, provides opportunities for an open and candid exchange of ideas among these guests, senior military and civilian leaders, and Air War College students.
“We are meeting with members of the Air Force command structure, military leaders from our national partners around the world, civilians from large and small businesses, and community leaders from all over the United States,” said Napper during the event.  “We are learning how our future military leaders are prepared to make difficult and strategic decisions.
“The theme for this year’s Forum is Competition, Conflict and Constraints, all of which were addressed candidly by Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah James, in the opening session of the Forum.”
The Air War College (AWC) is the senior professional development school in the Air Force officer education system as a part of Air University.  AWC educates selected senior officers to lead at the strategic level in the employment of air and space forces. The AWC curriculum focuses on coalition warfighting and national security issues, with emphasis on the effective employment of aerospace forces in joint and combined combat operations.
“This opportunity has proven invaluable,” said Mhire.  “It is both stimulating and insightful to attend seminars in which the future leaders of the armed services discuss and debate issues of foreign policy, national security, and military strategy.  The Air War College model is truly impressive.”
Local ties to the AWC include General Robin Rand, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base.  Rand had previously been the commander of the Air Education and Training Command, which oversees the Air War College.
Air University is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. Air University’s eight colleges and schools provide the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers.
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