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Col. Sean Herron to discuss terrorism and national security during Eastern lectureship series on March 30

3/22/2016

WILBURTON, OK (March 22, 2016) – Col. Sean Herron, commander of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP), will be the speaker for Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 12th Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lectureship Series on Wednesday, March 30 in Wilburton. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. in Mitchell Auditorium.

Herron will discuss the importance of developing an effective national security strategy as terrorism continues to dominate international news.

Terrorism remains the most prevalent method for our adversaries to attack us. Understanding this phenomenon and its relation to the nature of war helps us form a perspective on the efficacy of terrorism as a method to achieve objectives,” Herron said. “It is especially important to understand terrorism, its driving factors and goals, and its relationship to the geo-political landscape in which we face this threat. This provides a foundation for the development of an effective national security strategy.”

Herron said an understanding of the complex relationships between terrorism, geo-politics, and national security strategy is even more important this year because, as a presidential election year, the people will choose who will develop and execute our next security strategy.

“During this lecture, I hope to highlight these complex relationships as a launching point for further consideration of the issues, encouraging participants to think critically about them when considering their choice for the nation's highest office,” Herron said.

Before assuming command of MCAAP in June of 2015, Herron worked as the support operations officer at Camp Henry in Daegu, South Korea. He was originally commissioned through the Army ROTC program at Ohio State University in 1990. He entered active duty in June 1991 as a field artillery officer and has held various staff and command positions throughout his career. In addition to his Army career, Herron is an award-winning author of two books and many articles.

The Rothbaum Lectureship Series was created with a $25,000 gift from the late Julian J. Rothbaum, a Hartshorne native and Tulsa attorney. Once matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the gift became a $50,000 endowment to fund the lectureship series that is designed to help Eastern bring recognized authorities to campus to address issues of public affairs at the national, state or local level.

Rothbaum was a longtime oilman, banker, lawyer, philanthropist and former member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He was a strong advocate for higher education and remained an integral part of politics and public affairs during his life.

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