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Admiral Bobby R. Inman to speak at UTPA April 1 on national security
Posted: 03/24/2008
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The fall Global Security Studies and Leadership Speaker Series sponsored by the Integrated Global Knowledge and Understanding Collaboration (IGkNU) at The University of Texas-Pan American continues April 1 with a presentation by Admiral Bobby R. Inman, newly appointed co-chair of the Commission on Cyber Security.

Inman, who served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years retiring with the rank of Admiral, is a former National Security Agency director and a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. His academic career includes degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and the National War College and serving as an adjunct professor at UT Austin since 1987 and as interim dean of the LBJ School for Public Affairs in 2005.

- Admiral Bobby R. Inman
Currently he is a tenured professor of the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at UT Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Inman is also chairman and a managing partner of Gefinor Ventures, where since 1990 he has managed the investment in start-up technology companies.

Inman will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1.102 of the UTPA Education Complex. While reservations are not required, seating is limited.

As the co-chair of the new 20-member Commission on Cyber Security, Inman will draw upon his 18 years of experience in the investigation of start-up technologies within privately-held companies to advise the next president (44th) of the United States on updated strategies to counter national security challenges posed by cyber-security threats.

"Admiral Inman is an internationally recognized expert in merging technologies and cyber security, one of the most neglected issues locally and nationwide. His unprecedented visit to UTPA provides an opportunity for not only students but faculty members and teachers, local government officials, law enforcement and intelligence agency employees or any concerned community member to learn about the diversity of national security issues and impact of technology in policy and decision making processes," Nick Weimer, IGkNU manager, said.

Created under a 5-year, $2.5 million federal grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to establish an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at UTPA, IGkNU's role is to educate students with the critical thinking and other necessary skills to become the next generation of not only national security and intelligence leaders but leaders in all sectors of the global economy at large. IGkNu is administered under the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact Vicky Castellano at 956/292-7829.