The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has invited Dr. James Breckenridge, executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University, to address the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Conference Dec. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
Breckenridge will speak to more than 300 police chiefs, special agents in charge, U.S. Attorneys, sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders who are part of the HIDTA program. HIDTA coordinates the drug control efforts of federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in 28 critical regions of the country.
Mercyhurst’s intelligence studies institute has been heavily involved in supporting HIDTA’s efforts since 2008 when it undertook a $250,000 study for the Office of National Drug Policy to examine how intelligence is used at HIDTA offices around the nation.
Among the institute’s findings, Breckenridge said, was the need for more training and the resources to to go beyond mere tactical intelligence to more operational and strategic intelligence. Breckenridge is expected to address the group about intelligence-driven policing and drug enforcement.
He will travel to Bucharest, Romania, to chair a panel discussion at the International Conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society Oct. 19. This year’s theme is “Toward a Science of Intelligence at the Beginning of the 3d Millenium.”
In November, he will speak on international collaboration and information sharing at the Trans-Atlantic Cyber Security Summit in Dublin, IE.
Meanwhile, in July Breckenridge presented a workshop on “Broadening and Deepening Analytic Experience” to executives of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency at its headquarters in Springfield, Va.