Henley-Putnam University Co-Sponsors Counter Terrorism Leadership Conference with Indio California Police Department from December 16-18, 2008 in Indio, California

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Speakers Include Gordon J. Graham, Jack Gidduck, George Akkelquist, Farhad Mansourian, Col. Danny R. McKnight and Col. Dave Grossman

Henley-Putnam University (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), a premier university for online higher education in the field of Strategic Security, announces the co-sponsorship, with the Indio California Police Department, of the Counter Terrorism Leadership Conference (CTLC) from December 16-18, 2008 at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino (84-245 Indio Springs Parkway) in Indio, California.

Federal, State, County, and Local Law Enforcement Officials should attend this conference, which will be a lecture followed by a Q&A session with some of the most well-known Counter Terrorism experts in the field. Experts include Gordon J. Graham, Jack Gidduck, George Akkelquist, Farhad Mansourian, Col. Danny R. McKnight and Col. Dave Grossman. This is the first time all of these experts will gather together at the same venue to discuss issues about Counter Terrorism, including Risk Management, Terrorism at Beslan, Islamic Extremist Doctrine/Mind Set, Hezbollah and Hamas, Leadership, and Psychological Survival.

"The Counter Terrorism Leadership Conference is a truly unique opportunity for members of the law enforcement community to learn from the leading minds in counter terrorism," said Michael Corcoran PhD., President and Co-Founder of Henley-Putnam. "Henley-Putnam University is proud to be teaming up with the Indio Police Department in putting on such an important event, and helping to educate the men and women who keep our communities safe on a daily basis."

Fees for registration are as follows:

  • $225.00 (Until November 30)
  • $250.00 (After November 30)
  • $275.00 (Will Pay Upon Arrival At Conference)

Those interested in registering should be make checks payable to the Indio Police Department (IPD)/CTLC and mail to IPD at 46-800 Jackson Street, Indio, California 92201. For more information or to register, please contact Sergeant Robert Stanfill at (760) 391-4125.

About the Speakers
Gordon J. Graham, a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement, is an expert in Risk Management and earned his teaching credentials from California State University. In addition, he holds a Master's in Safety and Systems Management from University of Southern California and a J.D. from Western State University. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly became recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.

Jack Gidduck, an expert at Terrorism in Beslan, holds a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Denver. In addition, he holds a Master's in International Affairs, specializing in Russian studies, from the University of Colorado. He has traveled extensively through Russia's elite Special Forces units for more than 10 years. He is certified through the VITYAZ Special Forces Anti-Terror School to conduct anti-terror training and operations, and is a certified instructor in Russian Special Forces hand to hand combat.

George Akkelquist is an expert in Islamic Extremist Doctrine and Mind Set, learned the Qur'aran at a young age, and has a Certificate of Completion, two years, Law & International Relations from the University of Lebanon. He served with the CIA in an Advisory Force Multiplier capacity for 5 years and then became a U.S. Army reservist for seven years. In addition, he has been a Visiting Instructor at the FBI Academy, Quantico, on interview and interrogation, Source and Asset Development; the U.S. War College in PA; the U.S. Join Staff's Level 4 Anti-Terrorism Executive Seminar; and various federal, state and local law enforcement training functions.

Farhad Mansourian was born in Tehran, Iran and is an expert in Iranian and Middle East current events. Fluent in Farsi and the author of numerous articles published nationally and internationally, he has provided high level analysis on Iranian and Islamic relations for local, state, and federal agencies including the White House, Pacific Region Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, CA.

Col. Danny R. McKnight, retired from the U.S. Army, is an expert in Leadership, graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor's in Management, then completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne and Ranger Schools. Colonel McKnight brings his experience to others through his presentation that provides a better understanding of the unparalleled commitment and leadership required to be successful when executing operations in the most difficult and severe situations.

Col. Dave Grossman, an expert in Psychological Survival, is a West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed "killology." In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace. He is also the author of "On Killing", which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

About Henley-Putnam University
A leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security, Henley-Putnam University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism/Counterterrorism Studies, and Protection Management, and a Doctorate Degree Program in Strategic Security. Henley-Putnam prepares professionals in law enforcement, the military, intelligence, and private industry with skills and insights to advance their careers and protect the future. Committed to building a student/alumni network that serves its community, Henley-Putnam is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125+ courses taught by faculty from the CIA, FBI and other institutions. For more information on Henley-Putnam University, call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.

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