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Professor Mike N. Schmitt became the International Law Department Chair on Oct. 1.

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Professor Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs, was a presenter on the Space Policy panel at the Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium, sponsored by the American Astronautical Society, in Huntsville, Ala., Oct. 25 and 26. The symposium's theme was "Launching the Future in Space Exploration." She also guest lectured at the University of Alabama Huntsville on the Chinese Space Program and Space Governance, in the interdisciplinary space program headed by former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin.

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Professor Douglas N. Hime, Joint Military Operations, and Professor Hayat Alvi, National Security Affairs, joined the editorial board for the Journal of Defense Management, a peer-reviewed online journal which intends to enhance defense management by providing an extensive array of defense topics including policy, strategy, procurement, logistics, human resources, training, the army, navy and air force, military vehicles, the defense estate and more.

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Dean Barney Rubel, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, was a guest speaker at a Colombian Naval War College Maritime Seminar, in Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 13-14.

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Professor Peter Dutton, China Maritime Studies Institute, spoke on "China's Claimed Historic Rights within the Nine-dashed Line" at the International Conference on Major Law and Policy Issues in the South China Sea: European and American Perspectives, sponsored by the Institute of European and American Studies & Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, held in Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 7-8.

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Several NWC professors participated in the 2011 ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference "Security for the Future" in collaboration with the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association and the International Security and Arms Control Section (ISAC) of the American Political Science Association, in Irvine, California, Oct. 13-15. Professor Chris C. Demchak, Strategic Research Department chaired a panel on "Cybersecurity: Emerging Challenges" Czarnecki, Jonathan E: Naval War College Monterey, chaired a panel on "Counterinsurgency: Organizational and Historical Lessons" and spoke on "Social Distance and the Generations of Warfare." Professor Thomas Mahnken spoke on "Frameworks for Analyzing Chinese Defense and Military Innovation."

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Professor Martin Cook attended the Interuniversity Seminar (IUS) on the Armed Forces and Society meeting in Chicago, Il, where he presented a paper. The core premise of the IUS is that analyses of military institutions require intellectual collaboration across university, organizational, disciplinary, and national lines. Seminar Fellows provide new perspectives on the study of military professionalism, civil-military relations, social composition of the armed forces, organizational change within armed forces, public policy on defense issues, peacekeeping, arms control, and conflict resolution.

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On October 14, 2011 the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law, Ken Watkin participated in an International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) sponsored conference on the subject of "Cyber Security and Cyber Defence." The conference was conducted by telephone linking the panelists and government officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, other Canadian Government departments in Ottawa and officials at various international locations.  The topics for discussion included collective cyber defence, the application of the laws of armed conflict/humanitarian law, the implications of non-state activity in cyberspace, deterrence and the nature of the cyber threat and prospects for cyber security cooperation." ISROP is a policy-research unit of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), with a mandate to develop policy-relevant research on international security issues. Information concerning this programme can be found at http://www.international.gc.ca/arms-armes/isrop-prisi/index.aspx?view=d.

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The Cato Institute held a book forum on Oct. 31, and the topic was “The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy.” The forum speakers included Joshua Rovner, Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, author of “Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence.” More information and video of this event can be found at http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=8423.
 
Please submit "Faculty News Notes" to pao@usnwc.edu.

From Naval War College Public Affairs