National Security Experts to Speak at IUP About Situation in Syria and Other Foreign Policy Issues

Posted on 2/16/2015 1:09:20 PM

The IUP community can get the inside story on today’s most pressing national security issues directly from a group of national security experts when they come to IUP on Wednesday, February 18. After visiting selected classrooms throughout the day, members of the panel will mingle informally with the university community at a pizza get-together from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a public panel discussion at 6:30 p.m., all in the HUB Allegheny Room. Extra credit vouchers will be available to students attending the panel discussion.

The panelists are part of the Eisenhower National Security Series, which is the U.S. Army War College’s communication and outreach program designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between its students and the public. The program focuses its efforts on students and faculty at academic institutions, professional organizations, civic groups, business organizations, and local media.

The panelists are students at the U.S. Army War College. The U.S. Army War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., represents the highest level of education offered by the military services. It is designed to equip carefully selected senior officers and civilians with the competencies required of strategic leaders of the United States Armed Forces.

This year’s Eisenhower Fellows and their topics include:

  • Col. Chad Davis, U.S. Air Force:
    U.S. Space Power in the Future; Departure from the Citizen Soldier
  • Col. Si Martinez, U.S. Army:
    Pacific Rebalance; Women in Combat
  • Lt. Col. Bill Rice, U.S. Army:
    Federal Budget Impacts on National Security; Syria Update
  • Lt. Col. Gus Smith, U.S. Army:
    Army National Guard Role as a Dual Force; Diversity in the Army

Though the members will address government policies, the views they express are their own, based on personal experience, research, academic study, and reflection. Panel members are prepared to discuss national public policy and current social issues and their impact on the United States Armed Forces.

The presentation by the Eisenhower Fellows is sponsored by the Political Science Student Leadership Committee and by the Department of Political Science.