Henley-Putnam Webinar Examines Social & Cultural Intelligence

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During Free Webinar, International Intelligence Professional Will Discuss a Systems Approach That Enhances National Security Initiatives

Henley-Putnam University’s next free webinar will take an in-depth look at the importance of customs, moral attitudes, and social & cultural knowledge of foreign populations to improve the efficacy of national security initiatives. The concept known as social and cultural intelligence (SOCINT) will be discussed in depth by host Kerry E. Patton, an internationally recognized expert in security, terrorism, and intelligence.

On Thursday, July 21st, 2011 Kerry Patton, author of the leading text book on Social & Cultural Intelligence and member of the faculty of Henley-Putnam University, will share some of his unique insights and expertise on the subject. The webinar will detail information on a systematic understanding of social and cultural customs in foreign countries. Through collection and analysis of intelligence, our national security efforts can be strongly enhanced.

Every cognitively-induced system has variables. Those variables induce perceptions, and those perceptions invoke behaviors. Intelligence and security experts who collect this information have the ability to predict and manipulate threatening behaviors. This information is gathered through interviewing, polling, surveying, and quantitative data procurement. Patton will break down the conceptual mental processes through which inferences are made and used to take critical action.

“By understanding that no one or nothing in a ‘cognitively-induced system’ is an isolated actor or action,” Patton says, “we can develop an appreciation of how to create functional, reliable systems as well as learn how to safely dismantle or eliminate them through non-lethal or lethal means.”

Mr. Patton became a leading authority on SOCINT through his vast operational experience in the Middle East and resulting contribution to that field study. His expertise is typical of the Henley-Putnam faculty, who often possess 15 to 20 years of operational experience in their own fields of strategic security. All faculty have operational expertise in one (or more) of the University’s three programs of study -- Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Intelligence Management and Strategic Security and Protection Management. The faculty’s operational experience in the field of strategic security is one of the key differentiators that sets Henley-Putnam University apart from other educational institutions.

The Social Cultural Intelligence – SOCINT Webinar https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/120162667 will take place on July 21st, 2011 at 1:00 PM, EDT. Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/120162667. 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. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm. Past webinars are archived on the university’s 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.

Kerry Patton is Co-Founder of the National Security Leadership Foundation. He holds a BS in Intelligence Studies Concentrating in Terrorism, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence concentrating in Global Terrorism. For more than 18 years, Patton has served the U.S. Departments of Defense and Justice as well as served as a contractor for Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of State and other national security organizations fulfilling some of the most classified operations in today’s current asymmetric war against terror. He currently teaches terrorism, intelligence, and protection management courses at Henley-Putnam University and serves as a subject matter expert on the University’s thesis committee. Mr. Patton is the praised author of Sociocultural Intelligence: A New Discipline in Intelligence Studies, an educational examination of social and cultural intelligence, which can be purchased online or through your local bookstore.

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 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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