Office of Homeland Security
State Homeland Security Executive Director Attends National Security Seminar
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2009) – Kentucky’s executive director of Homeland Security is attending the U.S. Army War College’s 55th annual National Security Seminar at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., which begins today.
Thomas L. Preston is one of approximately 160 business, government, academic, and community leaders participating in the weeklong program considered the capstone event of a 10-month curriculum at the War College, the Army’s senior educational institution.
The NSS blends a broad range of occupations, geographic regions and age groups in meetings with War College graduates, faculty and international fellows. The early June course also is designed for “candid dialogue” among participants and instructors.
Seminar invitees are chosen on the basis of background, experiences, personal commitment to national well-being and vital issue perspectives.
The intensive interactive module features distinguished speakers focusing on U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, government responsibilities and security measures.
They include Gen. (Ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey, former commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command and director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Christopher C. DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow; Richard K. Betts, Columbia University’s Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies; Susan Herman, American Civil Liberties Union president; and former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Preston is the only state Homeland Security director involved in this year’s course work. Other than transportation, all costs are assumed by the sponsoring school.
Elihu Root, Secretary of War from 1899-1904, founded the Army’s facility in 1901, where its motto reflects his vision: “Not to promote war, but to preserve peace through intelligent and adequate preparation.” He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912.
Familiar names of past War College graduates include former General and President Dwight Eisenhower along with Gens. George Patton, John J. Pershing, Omar Bradley and Norman Schwarzkopf. Occasionally, top-ranking officers from the Navy, Marines and Air Force as well as U.S. ambassadors have completed academic work there.