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Counterterrorism analyst to present Southeastern's Veterans Day Lecture Nov. 10

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – A former senior counterterrorism analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will present the Southeastern Louisiana University Veterans Day Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in the Student Union Theater.
     Thomas E. Barnes Jr., who worked with the department from 2006 to this year, will present “The Continuing Importance of Leadership On and Off the Battlefield.” The presentation is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and is free and open to the public.
     A 12-year U.S. Army veteran who served in Desert Storm in 1991 with the 18th Airborne Corps, Barnes has worked as a security specialist for a Department of Navy installation and at other Department of Defense sites throughout the United States. He joined Homeland Security in 2004 and was later named an emergency management specialist evaluating Defense installations. Barnes was appointed assistant senior watch officer, where he oversaw and managed a national-level, interagency crisis management watch center. He was named a senior intelligence analyst in 2006, where he led a team focused on Islamic terrorism in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He has also served as an adjunct professor teaching terrorism and counterterrorism courses for the American Military University
     “We are pleased and honored to have Mr. Barnes as our Veterans Day speaker,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “As an individual with tremendous credentials and highly specialized skills and experience, he brings a unique perspective into the importance of leadership in today’s world.”  

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