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SDMIs Col. Joseph Booth, participates in Homeland Security Planner’s Course at U.S. Coast Guard

May 8, 2015

Dr. Julie Pullen, Director MSC, and MSC research primary investigator, Col. Joseph “Joey” Booth, Executive Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), at Louisiana State University, recently participated in the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) Homeland Security Planner’s Course (HLSPC), held at the U.S. Coast Guard Base New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

Tailored to U.S. government and military personnel, the objectives of the course is to provide participants with an understanding of national level policy, strategy and plans for homeland security, insight into the Joint Operations Planning Process (JOPP), and an overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy, strategy, and plans for homeland security defense and civil support. The 40 hour certificate course included lectures, guided discussions, case studies and guest speakers. The course was led by Joint Forces Staff College Assistant Dean, Glenn Jones.

Participants in the April course included representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), among others.

In addition to participating in the class, Dr. Pullen and Col. Booth each provided presentations on their respective areas of research. Following completion of the course, Col. Booth engaged in an operational tabletop exercise, coordinated by Dr. Joseph DiRenzo, Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Area Commander for Science, Research, Technology and Innovation and Coast Guard Chair, Joint Forces Staff College, and Mr David Boyd, Operations Analysis Branch Chief Coast Guard Pacific Area, to test national response plans to a crisis event.

International workshop facilitates discussion and inspires academic study and research in Resilience Engineering. Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean, Charles V. Schaefer, Jr., School of Engineering and Science, recently led a three-day workshop focused on resilience engineering research and education. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the workshop was designed to define the emerging multi-disciplinary field of resilience engineering and its applications to global challenges in climate change, critical infrastructure protection, transportation systems, energy security, and food and water availability.… Read the rest

SDMI and Louisiana National Guard Begin New Cyber Security Initiative

March 18, 2015

BATON ROUGE – The potential of a cyber threat is an ongoing and pervasive one that could affect anyone. The LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, or SDMI, works to protect the country’s systems and networks by teaming with partners from government and military, the private sector and academia to provide solutions. The most recent partnership has led to the Cyber Security Initiative, in conjunction with the Louisiana National Guard.

Training with the Louisiana National Guard has already begun using a newly constructed joint “Cyber Range” in Baton Rouge. SDMI is working with university-based experts in cyber security at LSU and other universities to create a cyber research and incident response capability to protect information security.

SDMI’s executive director Joseph Booth said the partnership with the Louisiana National Guard is designed to facilitate information sharing about cyber threats between military and civilian sectors.

“Partnering with the Louisiana National Guard and participating in their training is a big step in that direction,” he said. “We are proud to work with our National Guard in building a leading cyber defense program.”

According to Booth, the SDMI cyber security initiative is designed to utilize applied research expertise to the growing problem of cyber threats. Work is being focused on protecting information security and information assurance.

“As the state’s flagship institution, the problems of Louisiana are the problems of LSU, so it is a natural that our researchers help with the issue of cyber security and cyber threats,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “We all rely on technology and mission critical systems to sustain businesses and our way of life. We have to be able to rely on the certainty of those systems operating without disruption, and our researchers have the expertise to help in those areas.”

Approximately 40 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen with the state’s new Cyber Defense Incident Response Team, or CDIRT, have participated in the training.… Read the rest

Sid Fuchs, SDMI Senior Fellow and MacAulay-Brown President and CEO, is recognized for leadership and creating a top workplace.

December 17, 2014

Fuchs Official Executive Photo

Sid Fuchs, SDMI Senior Fellow and MacAulay-Brown President and CEO, is recognized for leadership and creating a top workplace.  Executive Director Joseph Booth adds “SDMI congratulates Sid Fuchs for this latest accomplishment and recognition.   This news brings no surprise, just proud delight to see Sid once again singled out for his strong corporate and personal strengths.” Read full article.… Read the rest

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