James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University (IIS-MU), has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the annual conference of the International Tactical Training Association (ITTA) to be held in Seoul, Korea, this September.
The ITTA’s goal is to meet the tactical challenges and maximize the operational effect of its members and partner organizations in Homeland Security, Defense and Intelligence world-wide through quality training, shared solutions, communication and collaboration. Breckenridge is the originator of Mercyhurst’s Global Intelligence Forum, where intelligence practitioners from across the U.S. and Europe gather biennially in Dungarvan, IE, to discuss key intelligence issues from a global perspective.
In Seoul, Breckenridge is expected to address upward of 1,200 attendees representing the Korean National Police Agency, Seoul SWAT, the Korean Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, Canadian National Defense, U.S. Embassy-Law Enforcement Working Group, and embassy officials from Jordan, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, among others.
Under Breckenridge’s lead, the Mercyhurst intelligence studies institute has delivered antiterrorism courses in various parts of the world at the behest of the U.S. State Department. The overriding goal of the training has been to strengthen antiterrorism efforts through a broader and more disciplined analysis of information within the State Department’s partner nations.
Since 2007, Mercyhurst intel faculty and students have designed courses for law enforcement agencies in Latin America, Africa and Asia that faculty ultimately have delivered in Uganda, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Trinidad, and others. Just recently, the State Department Office of Antiterrorism Assistance was on campus to honor the institute for its role in fighting international terrorism.
Breckenridge has also been selected to provide keynote addresses at the American Hockey Coaches Association annual conference in Naples, Fla., in May, and later this month at the Financial Executives International meeting being held at Mercyhurst.