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4:02 PM Tue, Sept. 25th

Free national security symposium is Thursday at Embry-Riddle

PRESCOTT - The 5th annual National Security and Intelligence Symposium will take place Thursday at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

The Global Security and Intelligence Studies Department will conduct the free symposium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Davis Learning Center on the campus, 3700 Willow Creek Rd.

The theme will be "The Challenges for Homeland Security in the 21st Century."

A panel of experts will provide commentary on national and Arizona state border security issues, followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Representatives from federal homeland security agencies and faculty members from Embry-Riddle's Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree program will serve as panelists.

"We have assembled a panel of highly knowledgeable security and intelligence experts who will provide insight, interesting and lively discourse, and share their own experiences concerning the challenges to homeland security in the 21st century," said Dr. Richard Bloom, Chief Academic Officer for the Prescott campus.

Panel topics will include "Private and Public Partnerships in Protecting the Homeland," "Cooperative Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland," "Homeland Security and the Law," and "Special National Security Issue: Pakistan - A U.S. Security Dilemma."

The Global Security and Intelligence Studies program develops security and intelligence professionals with broad knowledge in security (physical, communication, operations, personnel), intelligence (collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence), emergency management, and global interrelationships in politics, economics, social thought and social change, culture, science and technology, military affairs, public health, and cyber-security.