Henley-Putnam University Two-Part Webinar Series Examines the Effects of 9/11, Past and Future

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Second Webinar Discusses the Future of Counterterrorism

Henley-Putnam University’s next free webinar, “Fast Forward into the Future of Counterterrorism,” will take an in-depth look at what the future holds for the multi-faceted field of strategic security.

On August 25th, “A Decade of Developments in Strategic Security,” took an in-depth look at important changes and significant advancements in the complex but vital field of strategic security since September 11, 2001. In the first webinar, Henley Putnam University faculty and advisory board members discussed noteworthy changes in their respective fields of intelligence management, terrorism and counterterrorism, and strategic security and protection management.

On Thursday, November 3 at 1:00 PM EDT, Henley-Putnam University presents Part Two in this series: “Fast Forward into the Future of Counterterrorism.” The university’s faculty and other current leaders in the field of strategic security will discuss their perspectives on the future. Four panelists will present thoughts on their respective fields of expertise: intelligence management, terrorism and counterterrorism, and strategic security and protection management. These esteemed panelists include:

  •     Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan is currently the Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance. InfraGard is an FBI-affiliated public-private partnership with over 26,000 volunteer members across the country working toward infrastructure protection. She had also served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), responsible for the design and implementation of an intelligence-led organizational strategy to mine and disseminate data related to explosives, firearms and illegal tobacco diversion, the traditional and non-traditional tools of terrorism. Dr. Kiernan is a special advisor to the Director of the Combating Terrorism Task Force in the Department of Defense and CEO of Kiernan Group.
  •     Donald C Masters, PhD., After completing Ph.D. work at the George Washington University, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service (1977-97) where he advised governments on economic and fiscal policies. During rotations at the State Department, he served as USAID Officer-in-Charge for various countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and the Philippines. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1998, he became a senior consultant for the International Development Business Consultants (IDBC) which provided professional support for World Bank projects. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the Monterey Institute of International Studies teaching graduate level courses in Economic Development and International Trade. Currently, he is the co-founder and Executive Director for the Homeland Security Innovation Association (http://www.hlsia.org), a private non-profit corporation whose primary mission is to identify cost effective security solutions and articulate technology-related issues pertinent to homeland security.
  •     Dr. Robin Thompson served in the US Air Force as a Security Forces Officer and a Special Agent with AFOSI HQs. She was a first responder to the Pentagon crash site. In AFOSI she worked counterterrorism, counterintelligence, law enforcement, and information operations. She is currently the Lead Counterintelligence Special Agent in Charge of the Counterintelligence/Counterterrorism Office for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.
  •     Brandon Wales is the Director of the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC). With about 100 threat and risk analysts, HITRAC is a robust all-hazards analytic resource for public and private sector partners covering the full-array of risks and challenges facing the infrastructure community. Mr. Wales oversees the Department’s advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis program at the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), where researchers from the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories conduct ground-breaking and forward-leaning analysis of some of the Nation’s most complex infrastructure challenges.

This esteemed panel of experienced individuals will be led in the webinar discussion by Moderator Joe McDonald, who has an extensive background in the security profession, including overseeing and conducting vulnerability assessments and ensuring the protection of critical infrastructures. Mr. McDonald is the Chief Security Officer for Switch and serves on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee for the Nevada Homeland Security Commission. He also has experience in municipal law enforcement and as a contract special investigator to various federal agencies. Mr. McDonald is currently on the Board of Directors for ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals.

“Henley-Putnam University was founded after ten years of arduous planning and research, and before the tragic events of September 11th, 2001,” stated Jim Killin, the University’s CEO. “In the post-9/11 era, security and protection concerns have risen to unprecedented levels. There’s an increased focus on physical security and intelligence-gathering on a local, state and national level in order to secure and protect personnel, data and facilities from terrorist attacks, workplace violence and other security threats. This trend has greatly increased the demand for intelligence, counterterrorism, and protection personnel in both the public and private sectors. It has never been more important that those professionals have the very best training available.”

“Violent extremism is a complicated challenge for the United States,” said President Obama in his White House paper, ‘Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States,’ released August 3, 2011. Moderator Joe McDonald commented, “In that light, I’m pleased to be working with Henley-Putnam University, which maintains a sole focus on strategic security, and educates tomorrow’s professionals in the identification and deterrence of terrorist attacks and other threats to our nation’s security.”

Registration details:
The Webinar, Fast Forward into the Future of Counterterrorism, will take place on November 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM, EDT. Those interested in participating in the webinar can register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/475812346. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The Henley-Putnam webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community to those seeking careers in Strategic Security.

Past webinars are archived on Henley-Putnam’s university’s web site and accessible at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm.

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. In addition, the University’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. Through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam’s strategic security curriculum includes a unique focus on deterrence and prevention, preparing students with the skill set to foresee and avert potential threats. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA, DHS and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), email AdmissionsAdvising(at)Henley-Putnam(dot)edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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