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12th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit (2019)

October 30, 2019 - November 1, 2019

“The 12th Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit perhaps was the most timely ever,” according to UAPP Director Steve Recca. “This year’s themes around ‘public interest security’ – including information/disinformation campaigns and border issues – really struck a chord with the higher education and policy participants.” The theme Public Interest Security: Leveraging Education to Connect Policy and Operations with American Perspectives of Homeland Security produced a number of diverse discussion topics by focusing on two specific research presentation tracks: Border Issues and Technology and Influence Operations. To complement both tracks presentation topics, the three-day Summit also addressed pertinent sub-themes in the realm of evolving homeland security threats, critical infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, and new approaches in homeland security education.

Panel Discussions from the 2019 Summit

Topics/Panelists include:
  • Irregular Migration Flows: The Future of the US/Mexico Border is Not What it Used to Be with Alan Bersin, Former Assistant Homeland Security Security (Policy) Commissioner US Customs and Border Protection
  • Strategic Misalignment: Old Tools and a New Problem with Nate Bruggeman from JD BorderWorks Advisors LLC
  • Migration To, Across, and From Mexico: A Changing Landscape and it’s Impact on US/Mexico Relations with Brenda Estefan, Former Security Attache, Mexican Embassy Senior Advisor of International Relations, Mexican Ministry of Governance
  • New Human Smuggling and Trafficking Networks: A Social Network Analysis in Time of Mass Migrations with Guadalupe Correa Cabrera, Schar School of Policy & Government at George Mason University
  • Impact of Trump Administration Policies on Border Communities: The Case of El Paso/Juarez with Patrick Schaefer, JD LLM Director, Hunt Institute University of Texas at El Paso
  • View from the Northern Triangle Including How the Marshall Plan and Plan Columbia May or May Not be Relevant with Blas Nunes-Neto, Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Institute
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Full 2019 Summit Agenda

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October 30, 2019
November 1, 2019
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Monterey Conference Center
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940 United States
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Steve Recca
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