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Creighton hosts conference on security in the globalized age, March 9-10

Security and cybersecurity in an increasingly interconnected world continues to be a central concern for people and institutions around the globe.

March 9 and 10, Creighton University, in partnership with United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), will host the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) Conference and Workshop, featuring academic, military and intelligence leaders from around the world.

Titled “Rethinking Deterrence and Assurance in a Globalized World,” the Conference and workshop will examine the concepts and roles of strategic deterrence and assurance in a diverse, complex and uncertain security environment.

Kicking off with a DAAA tabletop exercise on March 9, the conference will also feature keynote addresses from Gen. John E. Hyten of USSTRATCOM, and Anne Sartori, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a speech titled “Reputation and Deterrence: Challenges for the Modern Age.”

March 10, the Most Rev. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) William Dendinger, MS’69, bishop emeritus of Grand Island and retired chief of U.S. Air Force chaplains, will deliver a keynote themed “Catholic Perspective on Just War Theory” at 8:30 a.m. A host of panel discussion on topics ranging from policy to operations will follow until a 12:45 p.m. keynote by Maj. Gen. Christopher Coates of the Royal Canadian Air Force and director of operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Creighton University Professor of Law and U.S. Army JAG Reservist Lt. Col. Sean Watts, along with Lt. Col. Theodore Richard, USSTRATCOM and Deputy Staff JAG, will present in a workgroup session on U.S. nuclear weapons and targeting.

For the full conference schedule, click here.

The goal for the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance is to strengthen and regularize collaborative relationships and interactions between defense and academic institutions to stimulate new thinking and develop future generations of deterrence practitioners.

Efforts include creating venues for academic communication and collaboration in the form of a website, an annual workshop, speaking engagements, a deterrence focused journal, and current and future research.


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