Prescott Campus


6th Annual National Security and Intelligence Symposium Explores Environment and National Security

Prescott, AZ., October 29, 2010

Contact Information

Murray Henner JD, LLM


College of Security & Intelligence

Work: 928-777-3937


The timely topic of “Environment and National Security” is the subject of the 6th Annual National Security and Intelligence Symposium at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus, to be held on Thursday, November 18, 8:30AM to 4PM in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium.  

The symposium will address significant national security and legal challenges arising from the tensions created by environmental changes, such as water scarcity and other natural resources.  Issues to be discussed include topic such as oil; climate change; China and the law of the sea; the security implications of the Pakistan flood; Israeli/Palestinian challenges with regard to natural resources; and global security. Discussions will also center on the economic implications of natural resources depletion and national security.

The keynote speaker will be Braden Allenby, J.D., PhD, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Professor of Law, Arizona State University.  Among his numerous appointments, Dr. Allenby previously served as a member of the advisory board for the Secretary of Energy and Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. His publications and lectures span topics including, but not limited to:  Environmental, Social and Economic Implication of Global Reuse and Recycling of Personal Computers; Complexity, Sustainability and the Anthropogenic Earth; What is Sustainable Engineering?; Understanding the Social and Environmental Dimensions of Nanotechnology; Engineering for the 21st Century: Managing Humanity’s Relationship with the Environment; and, Entrepreneurship in the Anthropocene.

Panelists include Celia Rumann, Associate Professor of Law, Phoenix School of Law, speaking on the topic of potential for increasingly scarce water supply as a target of terrorists.  Also from Phoenix School of Law is Michael P. O’Connor, Professor of Law, speaking on neo-federalism and national security.

Participating from Embry-Riddle, Prescott are:

Dr. Frank Ayers, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Archie Dickey, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Professor Robert Baker, Program Director, Global Security and Intelligence Studies

Dr. Richard Bloom, Vice President of Academics

Dr. Ricardo Carreras, Professor, Business and Economics

Professor Murray Henner, J.D., LLM International Law; Adjunct Faculty, Phoenix School of Law

Dr. Philip Jones, Chair, Department of Global Studies

Alanna Prichard, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Junior

Other expert participants and speakers during the day-long forum include:

John J. Bennett, Police Chief, Town of Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Mark Cwynar, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Phoenix

Major David Denlinger, Director, Arizona Counterterrorism Information Center, Arizona Department of

Public Safety, Intelligence Bureau

Steven R. Hooper, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), FBI Phoenix

Hillary B. Rossman, Associate Division Counsel, FBI Phoenix

Ken Williams, Special Agent, FBI Phoenix

“As the leading institution in the training of future security and intelligence professionals, we are pleased to offer this outstanding forum to the public and professional community once again. This symposium is an ongoing opportunity to share and expand our knowledge of the subjects that are critical to global safety, security and sustainability,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.

The symposium is hosted and presented by the Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) program at Embry-Riddle, Prescott. The GSIS program is the third largest degree program on campus and also includes a Chinese Language track. The university recently received a $222,000 grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to develop a Security Operations track with the goal of educating entry-level security professionals ready to assume positions in the Intelligence Community upon graduation.

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