The nation's first ever College of Security and Intelligence in Arizona has named the new facility in honor of a former graduate and Navy SEAL who died in an armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott has named the college the Glen A. Doherty Center for Security & Intelligence Studies.
Doherty was a graduate of the university, having earned a B.S. in professional aeronautics with a minor in aviation safety.
"We are proudly naming this new facility for Glen to honor his sacrifice and to emphasize the urgent and growing need for highly skilled professionals in risk assessment, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, forensics, and global security and intelligence," said Dr. Philip Jones, dean of the newly established college.
Roughly 300 students are enrolled in the program.
"It's the first of its kind in American higher education," Jones said.
The new four-year program was developed because of interest in the university's global securities and intelligence studies (GSIS).
"We did start with an aviation incident of course, 9/11. But intelligence goes beyond aviation obviously. We are pioneering a new field," said Jones.
Jones, who once worked for the CIA, sees growth and opportunity for students in this field.
"I think the cyber intelligence and security field is really booming. There's tremendous need. Not only in government, but in industry and the corporate world," Jones said.
In addition, students majoring in the discipline are required to learn a foreign language, such as Arabic, Chinese or Russian, and in some cases, spend time living abroad.
"I think that in both intelligence and business-wise, China is really the next frontier," said junior Jake Suss.
"I have a fascination with Russia and I'm studying Russian. I'm looking into St. Petersburg and Moscow and I'd really like to try spending some time in an American embassy there," said freshman Madison Landry.
The CIA, NSA and FBI are just a few of the agencies that look for graduates of the program.
"They go out into the world, and they work and perform. And those agencies come back here to get more of them," added Jones.
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