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APSU only Tenn., Ky. university in National Homeland Security Consortium

For anyone in Tennessee or Kentucky who is interested in a career in homeland security and antiterrorism, Austin Peay State University is the place to be.
Once again, APSUthrough its Institute for Global Security Studies (IGSS)has taken the lead as the only university in Tennessee and Kentucky that is a member of the prestigious Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium (HSDEC).
For anyone in Tennessee or Kentucky who is interested in a career in homeland security and antiterrorism, Austin Peay State University is the place to be.
Once again, APSUthrough its Institute for Global Security Studies (IGSS)has taken the lead as the only university in Tennessee and Kentucky that is a member of the prestigious Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium (HSDEC).

Founded by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Northern Command in collaboration with the University of Colorado Network Information and Space Security Center, the University of Denver and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, NSDEC is a network of teaching and research institutions focused on promoting education, research and cooperation related to and supporting the homeland security/defense mission.

According to Greg Kaufmann, director of Austin Peay's IGSS, the consortium is committed to building and maintaining a community of higher education institutions that support this mission through the sharing and advancement of knowledge.

To that end, NSDEC hosts two conferences a year, during which representatives from each member institution provide program updates and new research findings.

Kaufmann said, “Additionally, NORAD/NORTHCOM disseminates research topics that they feel are applicable and important to their homeland security/defense mission and for which they feel they have neither the time nor the expertise to pursue.”

Kaufmann participated in the October conference in Colorado, and he will attend the June 2006 conference in Maryland, which is being combined with the annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Higher Education Project Conference.

NORAD/USNORTHCOM hosts the HSDEC Web site, providing a link to all member institutions, events, research and programs.

In addition to Austin Peay, about 50 institutions belong to HSDEC, including such notables as the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies, Harvard Health Sciences System, the Institute for National Security at Syracuse University, New York University Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, Purdue University Homeland Security Institute and the U.S. Military Academy Center for Combating Terrorism.

For more information about APSU's Institute for Global Security Studies, contact Kaufmann at (931) 221-7910 or kaufmanng@apsu.edu. — Dennie Burke