ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Officials of the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lockheed Martin Corporation on Wednesday will sign an agreement that formalizes a unique collaborative initiative to nurture scholarly thought and research on policy issues linked to threats to national and international security.
A new Office for Policy, Security, and Technology will be created at the University of New Mexico. The office will focus on policy areas where technology and security are interrelated, such as weapons of mass destruction, arms control and nonproliferation, terrorism and homeland security, environment, energy, critical infrastructures, borders, sustainable development, and region-specific issues such as water scarcity.
Members of the news media are invited to a news conference and ceremony to establish the Office for Policy, Security, and Technology on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at
5 p.m. at UNMs University House (1901 Roma NE). UNM President F. Chris Garcia, Sandia President and Director C. Paul Robinson, and Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Michael F. Camardo will comment and answer questions.
The Office will apply a multidisciplinary approach to its investigations, drawing on the expertise of political science, economics, and other social sciences together with expertise and relationships from technical disciplines and programs. Collaborations within and between Sandia and UNM will be of special attention, but the Office will actively seek to facilitate collaborations among multiple institutions and across disciplines.
Technology can be a causative or curative agent of insecurity, but often can only be fully understood in a broader framework including economic, social, or political factors, says Dr. Roger Hagengruber, the Offices first director.
This Office will seek to forge broad alliances among the many experts in diverse fields at UNM, Sandia, and other organizations around the world committed to supporting thoughtful and effective national and international policy, he says. The relationship between the University and one of the nationšs national labs will be a unique advantage.
Hagengruber most recently served as senior vice president for nonproliferation and arms controls at Sandia. His Sandia career included assignments to negotiating teams in Geneva and service on national panels dealing with national and international security issues. He is also a political science professor at UNM and is director of UNMs Institute for Public Policy (IPP), which operates a survey research center to collect and analyze public attitudes about a variety of public policy issues, including technology and national security.
UNM President F. Chris Garcia says the establishment of the Office at UNM provides a timely opportunity for the University and Sandia to collaborate on some of the most important and sensitive issues currently facing our state, the nation, and the world.
UNM will draw from its expertise across a range of disciplines such as political science, economics, and various technical areas to focus on policy areas where technology crosses into such areas as weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and homeland security, for example. I believe the University has a responsibility to help address these kinds of policy issues.
The Office will be located at UNM under Vice Provost for Research Dr. Terry Yates. A board of directors including a senior executive each from UNM and Sandia and one member of the community will oversee its activities.
Lockheed Martin is providing startup funding of $250,000 a year for five years. The long-term goal is to create a base of support from corporations, policy foundations, government agencies, and other institutions that would make the office self-sufficient within five years.
The primary function of the Office will be to provide an environment where researchers from diverse disciplines and organizations can engage in research, projects, and education in support of the public service missions of UNM and Sandia, says Hagengruber.
In doing so, it will initiate research, develop curricula, organize conferences and seminars, host visiting scholars, engage students and interns, and convene multidisciplinary teams and task forces.
The Offices close affiliation with the IPPs survey research center adds a public opinion dimension to the understanding of the role of technology in security policy, says Hagengruber.
Among the Offices first efforts, he says, will be to conduct an in-depth analysis of more than a decade of public opinion data on national security issues that has been collected for Sandia by the IPP.
The Office will also develop curricula for short courses intended for students, business leaders, and government officials on topics including homeland security, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism; create a masters degree program in international policy and technology; organize a conference on technology and security topics of specific interest in New Mexico and the Southwest, such as water and border issues; and initiate a distinguished speakers series to share the perspectives of national and international luminaries in related fields.
Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness. Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.
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