The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program at the Monterey Institute hosted its second annual workshop on special operations in counterterrorism bringing in experts in the field toMIIS to present March 28-30, 2014. Guest speakers from ranging from active duty military officers from Naval Post Graduate School’s Defense Analysis Department, Linda Robinson from RAND, as well as specialists from many other special operations fields, explored intelligence and SOF related challenges related to their roles in countering terrorism threats. Both intelligence and SOF have been instrumental in addressing all major threats to US National Security for the past several decades, however, since 9/11 both have increased in importance to U.S. policy makers as they address America’s new enemies; transnational, non-state actors with global reach and who are seeking access to weapons of mass destruction.
Professors Jeff Knopf and Sharad Joshi of the MANPTS program are presenting papers at the ISSS/ISAC annual meeting in Washington, DC, Oct. 4-6, 2013. This event is a joint meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Security and Arms Control section of the American Political Science Association.
The next Terrorism Studies Club meeting will be held on Monday 30-September @ 1200 in room B104. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided, and our guest speaker will be cyber security expert and the director of the Monterey Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec), Dr. Itamara Lochard.
I hope you all had a restful, yet productive summer. On behalf of the Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program (MonTREP) and the Terrorism Studies Club (TSC), I would like to welcome all incoming MANPTS students, as well as welcome back all of the returning MANPTS students. I have a couple of quick announcements for prospective/continuing employees of MonTREP and those that are involved in the TSC or would like to join:
Again, I hope everyone had a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
In an article published this morning by the Los Angeles Times, MonTREP’s director, Gen. (RET) Russell Howard gave insight into the recent threat escalation following intercepted communication between al-Qa’ida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and AQAP’s de facto leader, Nasser Wuhayshi. Read the article here.