March 12, 2008

HARRISONBURG—The Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University and the United States Army War College will sponsor a panel discussion on The Search for U.S. National Security and World Order in the 21st Century. The event, open to the public, will take place at the JMU’s campus on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT 159.

Speaking at the program will be Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute, and Colonel Michael W. Hoadley, USA, a professor of national security legal studies at the War College and Faculty Director of its Eisenhower Series College Program. Panelists will include:

▪ Colonel James (Boyd) Bankston, USA;

▪ Colonel John M. Cho, USA;

▪ Colonel Lawrence E. Killmeier, Jr., USMC;

▪ Colonel Scot D. MacKenzie, USA.

Among the topics which will be covered during the discussion will be working with local forces in theatres like Afghanistan, the role of strategic communications in securing national will, the establishment of the U.S. Africa Command, and interagency reform and healthcare for veterans.

“We are both honored and delighted to be able to work with the U.S. Army War College in bringing this program to JMU,” said Dr. Pham. “One of the missions of the Nelson Institute is to leverage the resources of the academic community to encourage dialogue about today’s vital global and national concerns, including maintaining and strengthening our national security in a changing world. We could not ask for better partners in dialogue than the panel of senior officers Colonel Hoadley will be leading to JMU.”

In addition to the Tuesday evening program, members of the panel will guest lecture classes in JMU’s Justice Studies and Political Science Departments as well as the new Information Analysis program.

For more than a century, the U.S. Army War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, has prepared senior military officers and civilians for strategic-leadership responsibilities and represents the highest level of education offered by the military services. The program at JMU is part of the College’s Eisenhower Series College Program whereby a select few students at the institution travel to engage academics, students, and the general public about national security issues.