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al-Qaida Expert, Iraq Rescue Commander, N.Y. Congressmen King & Ackerman Featured in New Homeland Security Lecture Series


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Leading experts in the field of homeland security-including Reps. Peter T. King and Gary Ackerman-will visit the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University to share their experiences and insights as part of an important lecture series.

The Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute, which in September launched the first master's degree in homeland security management registered with the state of New York, is offering its inaugural lecture series free to the public the university's C.W. Post Campus in Brookville, New York.

The lectures are:

  • Rescue Mission: The Perfect Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Wednesday, Nov. 29): Retired Air Force combat commander and C.W. Post graduate David Ruvola will chronicle his personal experience as commander of a rescue mission featured in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" as well as his experiences with the Air Force 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Origins of al-Qai'da (Thursday, Dec. 7): Counterintelligence expert Richard Pena will discuss his current work with the Northeast Regional Counterintelligence Office at Brookhaven National Laboratory and his role on the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he conducted criminal and intelligence investigations involving al-Qai'da and Sunni extremists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Europe and the Caribbean.

  • Current Issues in Homeland Security: (Wednesday, Dec. 13) Rep. Gary Ackerman, Fifth Congressional District of New York, will share his perspective as the senior member of the House International Relations Committee, where he addresses issues of national security, nuclear proliferation and terrorism in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

  • Current Issues in Homeland Security (call for date): Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King, Third Congressional District of New York, will examine the war against international terrorism, both at home and abroad, from his specialized perspective and with his trademark straightforwardness.

All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 119 of Humanities Hall at the C.W. Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A), Brookville, N.Y. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information, contact the office at (631) 287-8316 or (631) 287-8235.

The Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute offers an online Master of Science degree and a 15-credit graduate level Advanced Certificate program as well as on-site training for first responders and emergency personnel. These two programs are available to professionals working in law enforcement, emergency management, the military, fire fighting or HazMat operations, corporate or private security, the intelligence community, or any other Homeland Security field, as well as to those who aspire to pursue management careers in various homeland security fields. For more information visit

Posted 05/15/2006

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