U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Program set April 18-19

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – The United States Army War College Eisenhower Series Program, an annual program that examines current national security and military issues, returns to Southeastern Louisiana University on Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19.
     A team of experts from the U.S. Army and Air Force will hold a series of panel discussions on a wide range of national and international military topics, including strategic challenges confronting America in the second decade of the 21st century. All presentations are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.
     The opening panel discussion and reception will be held at 6 p.m. Monday (April 18) in the conference center of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. A second panel discussion will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (April 19) at the Southeastern Student Union Theatre.
     “The panel members are able to address current government policies, although they are not necessarily bound to champion those policies,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “They are encouraged and expected to share their personal views based on their own experiences, research and reflection.”
     Participants in the panels are Lt. Col. Tom Asbery of the Army Corps of Engineers, most recently serving as deputy division commander of the Pacific Ocean Division and Commander of the Honolulu District at Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Col. Lance D. Clark of the U.S. Air Force, a member of the faculty of the U.S. Army War College with a specialty in installation engineering and emergency services support; Col. Nicholas F. Lancaster, who most recently was staff judge advocate for the U.S. Army Special Operation Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.;  and Lt. Col. Antonio M. Paz, a specialist in psychological operations who  most recently commanded the 5th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Fort Bragg, N.D.
     “We are very pleased to have this program on campus once again. The last several visits have been extremely informative, and we look forward to another opportunity for Southeastern faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the surrounding community, to learn more about American military policy from the experts,” said Robison. “The service personnel who represent the U.S. Army War College are always extremely engaging and very knowledgeable.”
     Robison expressed his gratitude to Southeastern alumnus Judge Jimmy Kuhn, retired justice with the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, for helping make the event possible.
     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. The original Army War College was established Nov. 27, 1901.
     Each year a few students and faculty at the U.S. Army War College participate in the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) and travel outside Carlisle Barracks to engage in discussions with other students, academics, and the public about national security issues and the employment of military assets.     
     The Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) 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. 

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