Citadel conference examines threats to national security

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

In 1983, Edward Zwick’s television drama Special Bulletin depicted terrorists bringing a nuclear weapon on board a vessel into the port of Charleston with disastrous consequences. The production earned four Emmy awards, the Directors Guild of American prize, the Writers Guild of America prize and the Humanitas prize for the way it raised the then largely unasked question:

How vulnerable are our ports and what means are, or ought, to be in place to counter rising terrorist threats to American citizens?

That question will be the focus of The Citadel Southeast Region Security and Intelligence Conference. Organized by the Department of Criminal Justice as part of the college’s new graduate and undergraduate programs in National Security Studies and Intelligence Analysis, the meeting will be held Oct. 11-12, at Francis Marion Hotel. All panel sessions are free and open to the public.

“Rarely has such a distinguished cross-section of experts from government, higher education, and the private sector come together in a public forum to exchange ideas on current national security challenges,” said Randy Deitering, retired CIA analyst and executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush.

The co-keynote speakers are Letitia A. Long, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration.

“The conference,” said Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Bo Moore, “promises to enhance our understanding of the security challenges we face on the Southeastern coast of our country and how best to address them on the nation’s behalf.”

For more information, including a full listing of panels and participants, please visit the conference’s website at www.citadel.edu/sersi.

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