Bard E.ONeill '63 and Matt Devost '93 speak at Reunion on National Security and Cyber Security

By: Buff Lindau

While reconnecting with old friends, remembering old times and revisiting campus, Saint Michael's alumni at Reunion 2013 can also attend lectures by experts in National Security and in Cyber Security.

Bard O'Neill '63, author, and professor at the National War College, will speak on "Al Qaeda's War on America and its Allies," on Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. in Cheray Science Hall room 101.

Matt Devost '93, President and CEO of FusionX LLC will speak on "Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats," on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. in Cheray Science Hall room 101.

Bard O'Neill was Distinguished Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College for 35 years, and was an adjunct professor of politics at Catholic University for many years. His PhD in international relations is from Denver University. He is the author of a number of books, including Insurgency and Terrorism; From Revolution to Apocalypse called a "modern classic" in a list of top 10 books on insurgency. Most recently he wrote "Responding to Psychological, Social, Economic and Political Roots of Terrorism," which is an essay in Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century. His other books cover such topics as The Energy Crisis and U.S. Foreign Policy, Armed Struggle in Palestine, books on the Middle East, the Arab World, the Post-Cold War Era and others. He has lectured on these subject at the Chautauqua Institute, the NATO Defense College in Rome, and elsewhere. He has also been a consultant to the State Department, Defense Department, Joint Chiefs, the CIA, Homeland Security and more. O'Neill is a retired Air Force officer whose career included assignments in Vietnam and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Matthew G. Devost is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, risk management and cyber-security issues (cyber terrorism, information warfare, and network security). Since 2003, Devost has also  been teaching a class in "Information Warfare and Security" as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is founder and CEO of the Terrorism Research Center (1996 to 2008). Currently, he is president of FusionX, LLC, a company that helps customers manage the most advanced and persistent cybersecurity threats. He is described as "a world class expert in terrorism research in both the real and cyber worlds." He is a founding director of the Cyberconflict Studies Association. Devost founded the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC) in 1996, where he served as President and CEO until November 2008. As founder and President, Devost oversaw all research, analysis, intelligence, assessment, and training programs. Previously, Devost held leadership positions at iSIGHT Partners, Technical Defense, Security Design International, iDEFENSE and SAIC. Devost has been a speaker at hundreds of international conferences and a contributor/author to several books on terrorism and information security.

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