Campers have enjoyed a variety of high-level and dynamic speakers and presentations from:
Admiral Vern Clark
United States Navy (Retired)
Admiral Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005. His Navy experience spans his early days in destroyers, early command in a Patrol Gunboat as a Lieutenant and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In between, he commanded over 50 percent of his career including three ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet's Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a Carrier Battle Group, the Second Fleet, NATO's Striking Fleet, and the Atlantic Fleet. His career is also marked by an unusual amount of joint service. In the decade of the 1990's, he served seven of the 10 years in the joint and combined area culminating in his assignment as the Director of the Joint Staff in Washington D.C.
Admiral Clark's tenure as CNO was a period of significant change and renewed vision. He was the first CNO to be extended in office under the Goldwater-Nichols framework as he became the second longest serving CNO in history. In 2002 he charted a course for the future by publishing Sea Power 21, a vision for the first part of the 21st century to exploit the advantages of operating from the world's oceans. His number one priority was to "win the battle for people," which led to the development of a 21st century human capital strategy and revolution of the training, development and assignment processes within the Navy. The result was the best recruiting and retention in history. Finally, he forged an effort to build the Navy as an enterprise which would be able to compete in the 21st century market place leading to billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayers of the nation and the highest operational readiness the Navy had witnessed in decades.
Admiral Clark has received numerous military decorations for his service including four awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three Navy Distinguished Medals, and three awards of the Legion of Merit. Along with his Navy and Joint awards, he was honored by Distinguished Service Medals received from the United States Army, United States Air Force, the United States Coast Guard, and international awards received from Germany, Italy, France, South Korea, Japan, Portugal, Singapore, and the Netherlands. Since his retirement he has been honored with the Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives of North America, the Distinguished Sea Service Award from the Naval Order of the United States, and the Distinguished Service Medal of the Military Order of the World Wars.
Admiral Clark earned his undergraduate degree from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. He has since received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo, Old Dominion University, Northwest University and Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Admiral Clark serves on the Board of Directors of Raytheon Company, Rolls Royce North America, and SRI International where he is Chairman of the Board. In the world of education he was named a Distinguished Professor in the schools of Government and Leadership at Regent University and elected to the Board of Trustees/Visitors at Regent University, Vanguard University and Air University. He serves as a senior advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Business Board, the advisory boards of Fleishman-Hillard, Robertson Fuel Systems LLC, Cubic Defense Applications, Inc. and the Executive Committee of Military Ministry.
Colonel Joseph A. Sexton
Chief, Force Analysis Branch (J33 FA)
Colonel Sexton serves as the Chief, Force Analysis Branch, Joint Staff J31. The Force Analysis Branch is responsible for monitoring world-wide Joint Force readiness and providing analysis to Joint Staff senior leadership enabling timely and effective Global Force Management. Force Analysis specifically provides analyses on unit readiness, force availability, capabilities, organizational structure, and training assessments of over 1.1 million forces within the Department of Defense.
Colonel Sexton received his Air Force commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Michigan State University in 1988. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Promise, Joint Endeavor, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He is a command pilot with 19 years of military aviation experience and over 4,700 flying hours, primarily in the C-130 Hercules. He has served at the Squadron command level and Deputy Group command level. In addition to the Joint Staff, his previous staff experience includes J3 Operations, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Acquisitions Requirements Manager, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Colonel Sexton's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in System Science Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington D.C.
District Director for Congressman Scott Rigell for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District
Shannon Kendrick serves as District Director for Congressman Scott Rigell for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Shannon previously served as the Assistant Director of Enrollment at Regent University's Robertson School of Government. While at Regent, she received the 2010 President's Award for Excellence and served as Coalitions Coordinator for the "Scott Rigell for Congress" campaign.
Shannon is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, where she served as President of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society, was recipient of the 2008 Government School of Arts and Cultural Studies Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and earned her Bachelor's degree with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Government and Law.
She has served with the Leadership Institute, the National College Republican Committee, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and various political campaigns. She is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at Regent University and she is Founder and President of The National Black Conservative Alliance.
Research Scientist, BioChemistry Branch. Research and Technology Directorate
Dr. Jorge E. Maciel is a senior research scientist at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) in BioSciences and serves as the principal investigator for research efforts in both biological agent detection and the computational evaluation of next-generation sequencing technologies.
Dr. Maciel is an experienced molecular microbiologist with 10+ years of research experience, specializing and serving as a subject matter expert in the areas of Infectious Diseases and Immunology. Dr. Maciel actively supports the ECBC BioChemistry Branch at developing new antibodies against various biological and chemical agents of interest, facilitating knowledge in biological threat agents and the scientific principles which limit the effectiveness of current biological detectors, samples, assays and countermeasures.
Dr. Maciel joined Excet, Inc. in supporting ECBC upon completion of a National Research Council (NRC) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship with the BioDefense Branch and was the recipient of a 2008 U.S. Army Seedling Initiative Program.
In addition to his laboratory experience working with various toxins, Dr. Maciel successfully developed a novel portable ricin activity detection substrate and assay, leading to a provisional patent. Dr. Maciel received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) and awarded his Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from Johns Hopkins University - School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD).
Senior Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice
CeCe Heil is Senior Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice. She specializes in public policy and global legal matters including the United Nations. She heads a team of lawyers handling cases in defense of life, protection of US National Security interests and dealing with Islamic extremism. She is the U.S. counsel who facilitated "baby Joseph's" transfer to a United States Hospital from Canada and is a co-author of "Shari'ah Law: Radical Islam's Threat to the U.S. Constitution"
Before joining the ACLJ, Heil worked in private practice in Missouri and Tennessee serving as counsel to many internationally recognized clients and is on the board of several national ministries. She is a recognized leader in her work to have pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise policies enacted, including being a candidate for Congress. Her service and knowledge as a Constitutional scholar earned her the support of Sarah Palin and was one of a handful of candidates named as a "Mama Grizzly" by the former Alaska Governor.
Heil is a 1992 graduate of Regent University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in California, Missouri and Tennessee.
Deputy United States Marshal Nick Proffitt has been a Deputy Marshal for over twenty years where he currently serves in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Deputy Marshal Proffitt will be presenting an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the U.S. Marshals Service. The presentation will cover a brief history of the Service, and will introduce attendees to the current and future responsibilities of "America's Oldest Law Enforcement Agency".
Dr. David J. Meyer previously served as Associate Professor of Government in the Department of Government, History and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts & Sciences at Regent University. He received his BA in Russian Area Studies from Drew University (Madison, NJ), his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York. He earned the graduate certificate of the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Studies of the Former Soviet Union, equivalent to a Masters of Russian Area Studies. He has taught as Full-Time Adjunct at Touro College (New York, NY), Visiting Docent at Saratov State University (Saratov, Russia), and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio). In 2009, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies selected Dr. Meyer as an Academic Fellow to participate in an all-expense paid seminar, "Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism," in Israel from May 30 - June 10. The program features an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies.
Dr. Meyer is considered an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Republics. He is also fluent in the Russian language. His specialties include international relations, comparative politics, ethnic conflict resolution, revolutions, federalism, and the history and politics of Africa, Western Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. His most recent article is, "Collective Bail's War Against Learning: How an Instructor Can Combat Krugovaya Poruka." The Journal of Ethnographic and Quantitative Research in Education. 2 (October, 2007).
Stephen Raptis previously served as an Associate Professor in the department of Government, History and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts & Sciences at Regent University. Prior to joining Regent University, Stephen was an adjunct instructor with the State University of New York-Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY for three years. Stephen's background is in law enforcement and he is passionate about the criminal justice discipline. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society from Skidmore College, working for several years as a police officer in Upstate New York before completing his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at Boston University.
While working on his graduate degree, Stephen spent abundant time in South Africa studying their criminal justice system and unique crime challenges. It was in South Africa that he met his lovely wife. In addition, he spent a significant amount of time doing missions work in both urban townships and rural villages. Practically speaking, this consisted of planting sustainable vegetable gardens for the hungry and sharing basic hunger alleviation strategies. Many of the individuals he worked with were widows and orphans, a reality that made Isaiah 58 especially come alive for him. He and his wife still maintain close ties with South Africa and actively partner in relief efforts there.
Special Agent Hank Crawford has been a member of the Virginia State Police for 17 years. After graduating from the State Police Academy in 1994, he was assigned to Gloucester County where he served as a Trooper for ten years.
In 2004, Crawford was promoted to Special Agent and assigned to the Drug Enforcement Section within the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations. After eighteen months in the Drug Enforcement Section he transferred to the General Investigation Section which investigates various misdemeanor and felony crimes committed within the Commonwealth.
Special Agent Crawford's primary role with the State Police today is that of a Forensic Psychophysiologist, more commonly referred to as a polygrapher. He graduated from the Baxter School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California in 2006, and has performed over 250 polygraph examinations. Crawford is also a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy and serves as a crime scene investigator.
In addition to his service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Special Agent Crawford has over twenty-five years of military experience as a flight medic and military policeman. He is a veteran of both Desert Shield/Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
Crawford is a 1990 graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Sciences.
SA Crawford will be presenting an overview regarding the use of polygraph in detecting deception in criminal investigations and in national security matters.
Dr. Moreno-Riano has a distinguished scholarly career including serving as a Fellow in the Lehrman American Studies Center, an Academic Fellow in the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at the University of Cincinnati, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University (Budapest). In 2008, Dr. Moreno-Riano was invited to inaugurate the Iwata Distinguished Lectures in Politics, Economics, and Christian Ethics at Biola University with five endowed lectures.
Dr. Moreno-Riano's areas of expertise include the history of political philosophy with a special emphasis in early modern political ideas, democratic theory, and political theology and ethics. Dr. Moreno-Riano's publications include five authored/edited books as well as numerous chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed books and academic journals.
His latest publications include the edited The World of Marsilius of Padua (Brepols, 2007) and the co-authored The Prospect of Internet Democracy (Ashgate, 2009). In 2007, Dr. Moreno-Riano was the runner-up in ISI's Templeton Culture of Enterprise contest for his article "Natural Law and Modern Economic Theory." Dr. Moreno-Riano has given invited and accepted scholarly lectures in various prestigious national and international scholarly conferences. Dr. Moreno-Riano is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Association for Political Theory.
Dr. Moreno-Riano has been featured in numerous television, radio, and print interviews or publications through such outlets as CBN News, WAVY-TV (NBC local affiliate), AOL News, Voice of America Radio, Voice of America China Bureau, American Family Radio, WCDR Front Page, Washington Post, Washington Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, Richmond Dispatch, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Portfolio Weekly. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) from Cedarville University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Moreno-Riano is also Director of University MOOC Strategy and Initiatives which has lead to LUXVERA®.
Thomas N. Tomaszewski is the director of intelligence (J2). He and his team support the command with intelligence resources and innovative responses to the complex threats expected on the battlefields of the 21st century.
His intelligence career began in 1978 as an enlisted Air Force imagery interpreter and targeteer. In 1983, he became a civilian analyst with the Army Missile Intelligence Agency, later named the Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC). When MSIC transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he was selected as the chief of collection requirements and integration, overseeing MSIC's multiple intelligence collection requirements and imagery analysis programs.
As the deputy staff director of DIA's Directorate for Human Intelligence (HUMINT), he managed worldwide HUMINT support operations, including support to the Iraq Survey Group. He became a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in June 2005 and headed the newly formed Defense Cover Office. He also served as the DIA executive representative to the National Security Agency, overseeing cooperative intelligence programs between the two agencies.
As a commissioned intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve, he commanded the U.S. European Command's J2 and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Navy Reserve units. He performed duty aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and served aboard the USS La Salle (AGF 3) performing major operations. He was recalled to active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the officer-in-charge for a targeting branch supporting Joint Special Operations Task Force-North.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master of science degree in national security strategy from the National War College. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Dr. Augustus Way Fountain III serves as the Senior Research Scientist for Chemistry within the Research and Technology Directorate, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Selected to this Scientific and Professional Position in December 2007, he is responsible for planning, leading, and conducting cutting edge research in chemical defense related to the Research and Technology Directorate, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Department of Army, and Department of Defense missions. He is an internationally recognized expert in electro-optics as it pertains to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) sensing and provides advice to government agencies for developing schedules and milestones for analytical chemistry and nanoscience projects to ensure appropriate emphasis on emerging technologies. Dr. Fountain is supporting the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization by leveraging existing and emerging chemical detection technologies towards the specific chemical signatures of military and home made explosives. Additionally, Dr. Fountain serves as an at-large representative of the United States to the NATO Sensors & Electronics Technology Panel advising them on CBRNE detection.
Jacqueline S. Walsh Colonel, U.S. Air Force USJFCOM Deputy Director of Intelligence (J2A)/ Director, U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC)
Col. Jacqueline S. Walsh is assigned as both U.S. Joint Forces Command's Deputy Director of Intelligence and Director, USJFCOM Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC). The J2/JIOC supports U.S. Joint Forces Command's intelligence needs by developing, integrating, training, and providing intelligence capabilities to meet present and future needs of the joint force.
Over the course of her career, Col. Walsh has served in intelligence roles both in the U.S. and overseas, including key leadership positions in operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. She most recently served as director of intelligence, 13th Air Force, Pacific Air Force, from July 2007- May 2009. As director, she was the principle intelligence advisor to commander, 13th Air Force and helped execute the command's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission and space operations regional strategy throughout the Pacific Rim. She also conducted theater-wide deliberate and crisis action planning, oversaw bilateral intelligence relationships with six Pacific Air Forces, and managed area of concentration intelligence systems and configuration.
Col. Walsh was commissioned in 1982 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program as a distinguished graduate at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash. The colonel has attended many service and joint schools and holds a masters degree from Troy State University. Her awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); the Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters); the Air Force Commendation Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster) Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster).
Dr. James R. Downey is the Executive Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness for Regent University. In this capacity Dr. Downey provides oversight and guidance for all aspects of the continuous improvement efforts of the university including assessment, strategic planning, as well as related budgeting and program changes. Prior to this Dr. Downey served as the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Downey joined Regent University after spending three years on the faculty of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His primary focus at the War College was teaching leadership and national security policy as well as studying the security implications of emerging technologies such as robotics, biotechnology and nanotechnology. He also conducted research in national security policy with an emphasis on science and technology literacy for senior leaders. Previously Dr. Downey served as chairman of the Physics Department at Grove City College in Pennsylvania where he also taught a variety of physics courses. In 2008, Dr. Downey retired from the Air Force Reserve after a 27 year distinguished career, achieving the rank of Colonel. His assignments included research and development for advanced weapons systems as well as leadership in professional military education. In 2003 Dr. Downey was selected by the Air Force to attend the JFK School of Government at Harvard University as a National Security Fellow. Dr. Downey holds a graduate degree in nuclear physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois. His is a graduate of Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College, as well as the AF Fellowship Program. He has a broad background in national security policy, nuclear physics, systems analysis, space systems engineering, and managing scientific research and development programs.
Michael Patrick previously served as Dean of the School of Communication & the Arts at Regent University. Patrick joined Regent University in 2002 after a 30-plus year career as a journalist, including stints at CNN International and CBN News. His journalistic background includes work in network television news, newspapers, radio, and the internet. As a journalist, Patrick directed news operations in the Middle East and covered conflicts in the region. Based on his travels and experiences, Patrick has trained journalists and taught courses related to newsgathering and terrorism. He holds a Masters degree in Communication, and he is completing work on a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Regent University.
Professor Walid Phares is a Senior Fellow and the director for Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington (2001-2009). He is also a Visiting Fellow with the European Foundation for Democracies in Brussels (2006-2009).
He is Fox News Terrorism and Middle East Expert since 2007 and has been MSNBC-NBC Terrorism Analyst from 2003 to the end of 2006.
Professor Phares has been an advisor to the US House of Representatives Caucus on Counter Terrorism since 2007 and to the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism since 2008.
He teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University in Washington DC since 2006 and he has been a Professor of Middle East Studies, Ethnic and Religious Conflict at the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) from 1993 to 2006. Professor Phares has also been a senior lecturer on the War on Terror and Global Conflicts at the LLS Program of FAU and the IRP Program at the University of Miami. Previously he taught at Florida International University and at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
Professor Phares lectures on US campuses, nationwide, and internationally including in London, Stockholm, Brussels, Strasbourg, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, Lisbon, Sao Paolo, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Nicosia and Beirut. He published several books and articles including in the Middle East Quarterly, Global Affairs, Journal of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Journal of International Security Affairs, Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, Homeland Security Today, and other specialized journals. He has been interviewed by national and international networks including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, C-Span, BBC TV (English-Arabic), Sky News, France 24 (English, Arabic, French), CTV, CBC, Canada Global TV, al Jazeera, al Hurra, Abu Dhabi TV, al Arabiya, LBCI, Russia Today TV, Voice of America TV, as well as local ABC, CBS, PBS, NBC and others. He appears on European, Arab, South Asian and Latin American outlets and is a frequent contributor to many US and international radio programs including BBC English and Arabic and French Canadian Radio.
Dr Phares academic field covers comparative politics and conflict and strategic studies. His current research interest focuses on the Jihadist movements and strategies worldwide, Human Rights under Islamist regimes, ethnic minorities, women, and democratic processes within the Greater Middle East and the Muslim world, Terrorism, as well as the international relations of Civilizations.
He has served as an analyst to Governments, International Organizations, NGOs and media of the ongoing world conflicts, including the War on Terrorism and the War of Ideas particularly since September 11, 2001 with regards to al Qaida and Hezbollah's ideologies and strategies, regional and local Jihadic groups, as well as Islamist strategies within the West. Dr Phares analyses the surge and development of those movements within the West, as well as in other regions including the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
He testifies to and conducts briefings at the US Congress, the European Parliament and Commission, and the UN Security Council, as well as to US State Department and other foreign ministries worldwide and to officials on Counter Terrorism in Europe and the United States.
Dr Phares also lectures to and advise the US Departments of Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security on academic research on Terrorism. He has served as an expert on Terrorism with the US and European Governments since 2003. Dr Phares serves as an academic advisor to several Human Rights and minority groups.
Since 1979, Dr Phares has published ten books on Middle East Conflicts and International Terrorism. His first post 9/11 book with Palgrave St Martin, Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America, published in November 2005 was a Foreign Affairs best seller in 2006. The paperback Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West was published in November 2006. The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy was published in March 2007. His most recent book, The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad was published in March 2008. Dr Phares books were featured on summer reading lists in the US Congress and the UK House of Commons in 2007
Born and raised in Lebanon, Dr Walid Phares was educated at St Joseph and the Lebanese Universities of Beirut where he obtained degrees in Law and Political Science as well as a certificate in Sociology. He obtained a Masters in International Law from the Universite de Lyons in France and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Miami.
A native of southeastern Wisconsin, Dr. Rolfs attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Whitewater where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history and political science. He earned his Master of Arts in Public Policy at Regent University's School of government and a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century American history at Florida State University, where he also minored in the history of the Middle East. Dr. David Rolfs joined Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences in the summer of 2009.
His research interests include early American history, the American Civil War, World War II, Holocaust studies, Middle East civilization, and the theme of conspiracy in American history. He has authored articles on just warfare, the Holocaust, and the religious history of the American Civil War. His book, No Peace for the Wicked: Northern Protestants and the American Civil War, examines Northern Protestants' religious worldview, their motivations for fighting, and why the most religious generation in U.S. history fought America's bloodiest war.
Dr. Rolfs teaching experience includes working as an adjunct at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, and Barry University; and serving as an upper school history instructor at Maclay College Preparatory School for seven years. He has served on professional panels for Florida State's Program for Instructional Excellence and as an academic fellow at Northwestern University's Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. Dr. Rolfs is a member of the American Historical Association, the Florida Conference of Historians, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and the National Council for the Social Studies. When he is not teaching or writing, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and four-year old twins.
Professor Ash is Assistant Professor of Law at Regent University's School of Law. His many fields of expertise include national security law, public international law, comparative law, and first amendment law.
Professor Ash holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a J.D. (cum laude) from Regent University School of Law in 1997.
Larry Baucom leads the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting support to Navy Operational Commands in Norfolk, VA including Commander Fleet Forces Command, Commander Second Fleet, Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic, and Commander Navy Warfare Development Command as well as Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Norfolk. He also provides Subject Matter Expert assistance and interagency process leadership to OSD Homeland Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and US Joint Forces Command and leads the Norfolk office support to the Naval Aviation Enterprise.
Prior to joining Booz Allen he was the Director of Geospatial Systems Integration and Homeland Security, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, on assignment from South Carolina Research Authority under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. He identified and incorporated best business practices and geographic information system data sharing partnering initiatives with other services and with federal and state agencies. He authored, developed, and implemented the US Navy's "GeoReadiness" concept and strategy for installation, and range management using integrated geospatial information systems to enhance efficiency and provide situational understanding at every level of command.
As an active duty Flag Officer, Rear Admiral Baucom was the Navy's Director of Environmental Protection, Safety, and Occupational Health. He was leader of the Navy and DOD effort to tackle environmental challenges to training and readiness on ranges and in operating areas. Prior to that he was the NATO Supreme Allied Command Atlantic Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy, and was a major contributor to development of NATO's 21st Century Strategic Concept and Defense Capabilities Initiative.
Mr. Baucom's operational commands at sea include USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS TRENTON (LPD 14) and Fighter Squadron 143. In CARL VINSON, his deployment to the Arabian Gulf included combat operations in support of Operation Desert Strike. He completed his flying career with over 3500 hours and 900 carrier landings in Navy fighter aircraft (F-4/ F-14).
He holds a BS in Naval Science from the US Naval Academy, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and an MA in National Security and Strategic studies from the Naval War College. Additionally he is a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Training Program.
Representative Thelma Drake was re-elected to her second term on November 7, 2006 to represent Virginia's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Second District includes all of the City of Virginia Beach, parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton, and Virginia's Eastern Shore.
In the 110th Congress, Thelma Drake has been appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. In addition to her seats on these key committees, Representative Drake will be a member of the House Republican Policy Committee, which plays an integral role in shaping the House Republican position on major policy initiatives.
Representative Drake's position on the House Armed Services Committee is of tremendous importance to the significant military presence in Virginia's Second District. As a member of the Personnel Subcommittee, she is quickly becoming known as a leader and strong advocate for military personnel and their families, and for military retirees. As a member of the Terrorism & Unconventional Threats subcommittee, Thelma Drake is well-positioned to influence military issues of importance for our national security and for the Hampton Roads region.
Senior Reporter and investigative journalist for CBN News.
Dale Hurd began his career as a part-time news reader at a small daytime only AM radio station in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He joined CBN news in 1987. Since that time, Dale has reported from the Soviet Union during the Cold War and from China during it's opening to the west in the 90s. He has worked as a reporter on Capitol Hill and in the White House press corps during the Clinton Administration, investigating many of the Clinton scandals.
Since 9/11 he has covered the war on terror and monitored Islamic groups in the United States and Europe. He's reported from most of the major European capitals (London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin, and Stockholm.
Hurd's single brush with death in the line of duty, aside from many a rough airplane landing, came in Sarajevo in 1995, during the Bosnian civil war. Fortunately, a Serb sniper's bullet missed.
While other kids read comic books, Dale as a boy read pictorial histories of World War 2 (and a few comic books). He chose journalism as a way of covering and participating in current history.
Professor Jefferis came to Regent University from Boston University, where she is completing a Ph.D. in Political Science. She specializes in Middle Eastern politics, religion in social movements, and international relations. She is currently exploring the relationship between religion and political violence, endeavoring to identify circumstances under which religious social movements will use violence to pursue their political goals. She has spent time researching and studying Arabic in Egypt.
Professor Jefferis holds a B.A. from Grove City College and is a political science doctoral candidate at Boston University
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William Kristol is editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. Widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Mr. Kristol regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel. As an advocate for a strong American foreign policy, he has pushed forward the foreign policy debate since September 11th, and continues to drive the conversation as co-author of New York Times bestseller The War Over Iraq. He edited the well-received anthology The Weekly Standard, A Reader: 1995-2005, and in 2007, he was a regular columnist for TIME magazine. In January 2008, he became a regular Op-Ed page columnist for The New York Times.
Amanda Ross is a 2007 graduate of Christopher Newport University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Science with a focus in Biology and Chemistry and participated in the development of a nanocomposite materials patent used for environmental remediation processes. She was selected for co-op appointment as a Physical Chemist in the Applied Sciences Branch of NASA and served as Science Projects Director with NASA Develop. Develop is a student organization in which NASA technologies are applied to community benefits at the state and local government level. Immediately prior to undergraduate studies and NASA, Amanda served 5+ years Active Duty Navy. Amanda is currently a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, providing Homeland Security (HLS)/Homeland Defense (HD) geospatial support to the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). Her experience includes Government strategy consulting as a Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level-Data (HIFLD) working group staff member. The HIFLD WG is 2,000+ member interagency body focused on geospatial data requirements and sources to build a common homeland infrastructure picture for the HLS/HD Community. Played a significant role in acquisition and compilation of authoritative homeland infrastructure data as part of NGA's Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Gold v3.
Dr. Stacey is Associate Professor of Government at Regent University's Robertson School of Government. Among other academic and administrative duties, he teaches the School's cornerstone course, Christian Foundations of Government, as well as various courses in public policy, strategic intelligence, and political theory. His current research focuses on the inherent tension between liberty and security and how these two vital interests can be balanced in an age of modern terrorism.
Dr. Stacey took his B.A. (cum laude) at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Tamm is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 29 years of service.
Mr. Tamm served in the organized crime section of the Philadelphia Field Division and Cherry Hill, NJ, where he specialized in labor racketeering investigations. He became a member of the U.S. Department of Justice's Boston, MA Justice Task Force and was also assigned to supervise the reactive investigation of the 09/11/2001 hijackings of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines 175 in Boston, MA.
Mr. Tamm was selected by the Chairman and Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission) to serve on the professional staff of the Commission, in April 2003. As such, Mr. Tamm was the FBI's liaison to the 9-11 Commission and was responsible for investigating analyzing and interpreting U.S. Government procedures and policies, in counter-terrorism and related criminal and counter-intelligence investigations.
Mr. Tamm holds a B.A. from the George Washington University and has completed graduate level instruction at the University of Oklahoma, Rutgers University, and Harvard University.
Matthew Tisdale graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. From 2002 to 2006 he was a student intern at NASA working with the DEVELOP program. He focused on various projects such as urban heat islands, air pollution, and 3D visualization technologies. After DEVELOP, Matt began working at Booz Allen Hamilton providing geospatial support to the Homeland Security (HLS) and Homeland Defense (HD) community. He has supported various geospatial efforts including the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Gold dataset which consists of over 300 authoritative HD/HLS data layers for use in various geospatial applications.
Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division
Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk/Newport News, Virginia
Ms. Sterling Graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy and history. She Received JD from William and Mary Law School and immediately following law school, clerked for the Hon. J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
Ms. Sterling has prosecuted on the state level for the City of Portsmouth and City of Newport News before joining the United States Attorney's Office in Norfolk as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she has worked for the past 17 years, currently in the Newport News Office.
Captain Ritchie is a native of Canton Mississippi. Upon graduation from Millsaps College in 1984, he attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine on a Navy Health Professions Scholarship. A member of AOA, he graduated in 1988 and entered active duty as a Transitional Intern at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Subsequently, Captain Ritchie served as a Flight Surgeon with Logistics Support Squadron VR-24 in Sigonella, Italy and Adversary Fighter Squadron VF-45 in Key West, FL from 1990-1995. In 1995 he was named AIRLANT Flight Surgeon of the Year.
In 1995, Captain Ritchie returned to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for a residency in Emergency Medicine, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He has been a staff emergency physician at Portsmouth since graduating in 1998.
While at the Naval Medical Center, Captain Ritchie served as the Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director from 2000-2002, assuming the role of Program Director from 2002-2009. Currently, he serves as the Simulation Center Medical Director.
Captain Ritchie was honored to deploy to Kandahar, Afghanistan with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2001-2002 and to the Bastion Role 3 Hospital, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2009-2010.
An enthusiast in the fields of Emergency Medicine, resident education, medical simulation, and combat medicine, Captain Ritchie served as the President of the Government Services Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
His honors and awards include: Excellence in Military Emergency Medicine Award from Government Services chapter of ACEP, the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award, Best Innovation in Emergency Medicine Education from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Faculty Teaching Award from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, and Assistant Professorship of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS. He was awarded either the Mentor or Teaching Award from the graduating residents of the Emergency Medicine residency program at Portsmouth for six consecutive years, and in 2009, the Teaching Award was renamed the Ritchie Award.
Captain Ritchie's military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.