The University of New Mexico National Security Studies Program (NSSP) hosts the spring 2014 symposium, “U.S. National Security and Individual Privacy---Legal, Technical and Ethical Challenges” on Friday, April 11 in the Student Union Building, Ballroom A.

UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah and Regent Lt. Gen. Bradley Hosmer (USAF retired) are opening the event. “Over the last year we have seen unusual challenges to important parts of our national security institutions,” Hosmer said. “Some of these challenges will be discussed at the NSSP Symposium, and the speakers are now or have been directly involved with the topic.”

The keynote address, “Balancing Civil Liberties with National Security in a Digital Age” will be delivered by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Other keynote speakers include Elizabeth Rindskopf  Parker, Counselor of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security and former chief counsel to both the CIA and NSA, and Herbert Lin, Chief Scientist of the National Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Board and editor of critical studies on the cyber privacy and terrorism.

“We can expect to hear insights and perspectives useful to anyone with an interest in national security, either as a concerned citizen or maybe as a participant. I look forward to the discussions,” Hosmer said.

Panel topics include emerging trends, strategic career opportunities, and presentations by NSSP scholars on their research. Visit NSSP for a complete schedule of related symposium events.  

Closing remarks will be delivered by Frank Gilfeather, director of the UNM National Security Studies Program. "The symposium talks will provide unique insights into the Snowden cybersecurity revelations and where we go from here," Gilfeather said.

Three pre-symposiums lectures are scheduled for Thursday, April 10:

11 a.m.   “Grand Challenges in Cybersecurity” - Herbert Lin, Mechanical Engineering building, room 218

12 p.m.   “A Legal Research Agenda for a Post Snowden World” - Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, UNM School of Law (faculty only)

2 p.m.   “Cybersecurity and Market Failure” - Herbert Lin, Anderson School of Management, Jackson Student Center

3 p.m.   “CIA Overview” - Barbara Stevens, Analytic Methodologist, Central Intelligence Agency, Anderson School of Management, Jackson Student Center

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of Student Affairs, International Studies Institute, Global Education Office, Office of Career Services, School of Law, School of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, Anderson School of Management, Center for Information Assurance Research and Education.

The NSSP, which is sponsored by the national Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is a student focused initiative that assists a new generation of New Mexico students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully compete for national security positions. In 2008, the DIA designated UNM as an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. This designation is held by about 15 institutions across the U.S.

Visit NSSP for an application and list of recommended courses.  

For more information about the NSSP program, call Candace Shirley at (505) 277-3223; email to, or come by the office in Mesa Vista Hall, room 3019, UNM main campus.