Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:09:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 At 80, SC biologist, former Citadel professor still working to study and save the planet https://today.citadel.edu/at-80-sc-biologist-former-citadel-professor-still-working-to-study-and-save-the-planet/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:00:41 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13217 After a distinguished career as a biologist, conservationist, teacher and more, Porcher has hardly slowed in his efforts to study and save the planet.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

An e-mail popped into the inbox of Dr. Richard Porcher the other day.

The publisher of his noted book, “A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina,” wants an update to the publication with a view toward climate change and how it might impact the state’s flora.

“That’s really the compelling issue of the day,” said Porcher, who for 33 years was a professor and researcher at The Citadel. “Anywhere you live today, you should be concerned about it. Climate change is the one thing in our lives that will be compelling for our generation and every generation after us.

“And it’s not a Chinese hoax, by the way.”

At the age of 80 and at the tail end of a distinguished career as a biologist, historian, naturalist, author, conservationist, lecturer and teacher, Porcher has hardly slowed in his efforts to study and save the planet, particularly in the Lowcountry.

He can be found in the field almost daily, tending his blueberries and camellias at his home in Mount Pleasant, or out on his farm in Clarendon County, or exploring his beloved long-leaf pine savannas in the Francis Marion National Forest.

“They are so diverse and beautiful,” Porcher said. “It’s so easy to get students interested in botany when you take them to a place like that.”

That’s how Porcher got started in his career years ago as a student at the University of South Carolina. A course in field botany conducted by Dr. Wade Batson changed his career path.

“I realized that was my natural calling,” Porcher said. “Being outdoors and working with people, roaming the forests and bogs and creeks and rivers. That’s where life is, and that’s where we all come from. And I decided that if I’m going to spend this much time outdoors, I want to make sure the next generations enjoys the same pleasures that we do.”

During his career at The Citadel, Porcher taught several thousand cadets, integrating field biology into his courses and using his research on the state’s botanical and cultural resources to impact environmental policy.

“Dr. Porcher’s infectious enthusiasm, dedication, and mentorship sparked a love of nature and influenced the career paths of generations of cadets at The Citadel,” John Weinstein, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biology at The Citadel, said when Porcher was recently awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Some of Porcher’s work includes “Wildflowers of the Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee;” “The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice,”  coauthored with William Robert Judd; and “The Story of Sea Island Cotton,” coauthored with Sarah Fick.

Current projects include the update to “South Carolina Wildflowers,” a book on the Santee Canal, a guide to wildflowers of the coastal plan with The Citadel’s Dr. Joel Gramling, and a history of the people of St. John’s Parish.

Porcher and Gramling also plan a collaboration called “The Lowcountry Landscape in the Footprints of our Forebears.” And Porcher plans to donate a photographic library of more than 1,400 South Carolina wildflowers to the state.

Recently, Porcher served as a field guide for The Post and Courier’s “Our Secret Delta” project, an examination of the state’s Santee Delta.

It’s a vast legacy that Porcher hopes will have some impact on the world he leaves behind one day

“I’ve got three grandkids, and I want them to enjoy the same clean air and wild spaces, the creeks and rivers, that I had,” he said. “And we have to do it through education, so that people understand the value of open spaces and clean air.”

‘It’s a sigh of relief:’ Citadel professor, Lowcountry reacts to President Trump’s language of deescalation https://today.citadel.edu/its-a-sigh-of-relief-citadel-professor-lowcountry-reacts-to-president-trumps-language-of-deescalation/ Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:00:58 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13158 "Everyone was on edge to listen to what he had to say," said Jan Goldman, professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel.]]>

Photo: Jan Goldman, Ph.D., watching President Trump’s address

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4, by Brodie Hart

A Citadel professor expressed relief on Wednesday in response to President Trump’s language of deescalation with Iran.

“Everyone was on edge to listen to what he had to say,” said Jan Goldman, professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel. Goldman worked for the federal government for 33 years, including time with the FBI.

“I personally was relieved that we’re not going in with guns blazing,” he added. Goldman believes President Trump wasn’t particularly focused on diplomacy during his Wednesday address.

“The fact that President Trump immediately came out and said Iran will not have nuclear missiles before he even said welcome was clearly sending a message,” he added.

“It’s a sigh of relief that we’re not escalating,” said Richard Cotton while shopping in downtown Charleston. He said President Trump’s vow that Iran will never have a nuclear weapon while he’s in office struck a chord.

“The first thing he said about demilitarization, never being a nuclear state, I think he has to go that route,” he said. “I suspect he’s going to stay that course unless Iran takes some measures stronger than they have to this point.”

“I can just keep my fingers crossed,” added Martha Bloom of President Trump’s language of deescalation. “I try to be optimistic and hopeful, but the evidence seems to be in the contrary.”

Professor Goldman hopes the president’s message echoes throughout the Middle East as much as it does around The Citadel’s currently empty campus.

“My takeaway was we will not retaliate to the missile launch in Iraq by Iranians and that’s good,” Goldman said.

ABC News 4 asked officials at Joint Base Charleston if they aided with troop mobilization in the Middle East. Officials said they could not provide the requested information as it could threaten the safety of operations.

Watch ABC News 4’s on-air coverage here.

Citadel seeks community input on long-term plan for campus buildings, infrastructure https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-seeks-community-input-on-long-term-plan-for-campus-buildings-infrastructure/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:00:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13072 Vintage post card of The CitadelVintage post card of The CitadelThe Citadel's campus master plan will create a vision of what the public military college could look like 15 years from now.]]> Vintage post card of The CitadelVintage post card of The Citadel

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jenna Schiferl

A new initiative at The Citadel will evaluate the college’s existing buildings, infrastructure and landscapes to create a long-term plan that will guide the school’s future building projects and campus renovations.

The campus master plan, not to be confused with the school’s strategic plan, will create a vision of what the public military college could look like 15 years from now. 

“Once we have a plan in place, it will guide all of our facility decisions going forward,” said Jeff Lamberson, vice president of facilities and engineering. “It will really help us be efficient with what we build and what we renovate and how we go about doing it because it’ll be all part of one comprehensive plan instead of doing one-off projects.”

Developing the master plan kicked off in October when the college finalized a $450,000 contract with Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural design firm spearheading the project.

Since then, the college has met with hundreds of students, faculty and staff via more than 35 focus-group meetings aimed at gathering community input.

These groups have asked community members questions such as “What facilities investments would have the biggest impacts on faculty and staff experience?” and “What places on campus have the strongest links to tradition, history, and Citadel culture?”

“It was a really deep dive with a lot of people, a lot of questions, a lot of answers and some really good information,” Lamberson said.

Gathering this type of feedback is a critical first step, said Sally Chinnis, an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross and the lead planner and project manager of The Citadel’s master plan.

“All these individuals use the campus every day, and they have lots of great ideas that we want to benefit from,” Chinnis said.

Getting people engaged in the planning process helps make sure that the college has a strong coalition to support the implementation of the plan in the future, she said.

“This is a plan that will serve them for, you know, 10 to 15 years, and they’ll need the whole community to really support making it a reality,” she said.

Although the college has finished with its in-person focus group meetings, it is continuing its outreach efforts through an online form where Citadel alumni, faculty and staff can provide input through Jan. 31.

“We want to make sure this is as transparent as possible and everybody that wants to get involved has an opportunity to do so,” Lamberson said.

In addition to engaging faculty and students, the planning process has also involved Citadel alumni, neighbors and city officials.

“We’re an iconic piece of property here on the peninsula. And we want to be in concert with what the city has planned and what the neighborhoods would like to see. So it’s very important that we’re a part of a larger community on the peninsula,” Lamberson said.

One important facet of the plan will focus on improving the college’s existing educational spaces.

“A lot of our academic buildings are becoming outdated, and today’s teaching methods are better facilitated with more flexible classrooms and that type of thing,” Lamberson said. “Our main mission is training and educating principled leaders and we want to have space that facilitates that as best we can.”

Chinnis agreed.

“I think that from what we’ve seen and what we’ve heard, renovating the facilities that are aging, over time, is going to be a real priority and an important way to kind of make the whole experience of The Citadel’s campus, you know, commensurate with the quality of the education they provide,” she said.

Other possible aspects of the master plan could include new spaces near the campus waterfront along the Ashley River or the creation of more spaces for students to collaborate, study and socialize, Chinnis said.

“Learning takes place inside the classroom, but it also takes place outside the classroom. … I think we also heard a lot about the need for the types of spaces where people can do that,” she said.

The plan will also focus on identifying and improving The Citadel’s “sacred spaces” and bolstering sustainability on campus. 

In the upcoming months, Ayers Saint Gross will start to compile potential scenarios for different areas on campus and will eventually “stitch them back together into a comprehensive plan,” Chinnis said. The final plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. 

“We want to have a space that develops community pride in Charleston. We want people to be proud of The Citadel and what it represents. And we want to preserve all the history that goes along with it,” Lamberson said. 

Alumni who wish to comment on the plan can click here.

Citadel professor’s commentary: ‘Assassination’ of Iranian general just upped the stakes in Middle East https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professors-commentary-assassination-of-iranian-general-just-upped-the-stakes-in-middle-east/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:00:20 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13066 Jan Goldman, Ph.D. is a professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, and is an expert on the role of ethics and intelligence operations.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jan Goldman, Ph.D.

On Thursday, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite military force, was killed in a targeted U.S. airstrike. The United States is not officially at war with Iran or any other country in the Middle East, and the attack occurred in Iraq, not Iran, a country with sovereign political borders, which were violated.

It is inconsequential whether Soleimani was killed by a drone or a missile dropped from a plane. Killing anyone on foreign soil that is not a battlefield could be considered unethical. His killing occurred at a Baghdad airport.

Jan Goldman, Ph.D.
Jan Goldman, Ph.D.

Targeted killing has been going on for years. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, this country established “targeted kill lists.” It is estimated that the United States has launched more than 6,000 drone strikes, killing about 10,000 people in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Terrorists operate without the protection of political boundaries or diplomacy afforded members of the international community, and it is often impossible to know the difference between terrorists and civilians. Civilians become unintended casualties in the war against terrorism. But Thursday’s strike is different.

Soleimani’s death goes beyond a “targeted killing,” the euphemism for killing a suspected terrorist. Instead, this should be considered a successful assassination, which requires the victim to be a high-ranking political leader. Soleimani meets that requirement.

What makes his death extraordinary is Executive Order 12333. This order, signed by President Ronald Reagan, says, “No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.” This has since been reinterpreted and relaxed for targets classified by the United States as terrorists. Since terrorists are considered “non-state actors” (i.e., people not officially employed by a government), they can be legally killed.

Gen. Soleimani was not a non-state actor, although his country supports terrorism against the United States. He held the rank of major general and commanded the Quds Force, a subset of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

No one should shed a tear for his death. However, what will come next for U.S. policy in the Middle East? What preparations have we made with our allies to anticipate the repercussions of this attack?

Unfortunately, probably none. After the attack, the U.S. State Department asked its officials and families in Iraq to evacuate. They are reportedly being urged to drive to Kuwait and find a flight back home.

Launching drone strikes and dropping bombs on countries with which we are not officially at war only widens and changes the battlefield.

The frontline is no longer a location on a map. On Thursday, we expanded the targeted killing list beyond terrorists to include government and military officials.

We should expect retaliation in-kind.

Dr. Jan Goldman is Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel. He is recognized as an internationally leading expert on the role of ethics and intelligence operations.

Getting to know Dr. Sally Selden, the college’s second in charge https://today.citadel.edu/getting-to-know-dr-sally-selden-the-colleges-second-in-charge/ Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:14:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12889 As Provost and Dean of The Citadel, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, serves as the college’s chief academic officer and second ranking administrator.]]>

A conversation between The Citadel’s Provost and the Class of 2020 Regimental PAO

As Provost and Dean of The Citadel, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, serves as the college’s chief academic officer and second ranking administrator. She leads strategic planning for the college and ensures that academic programs are world-class and aligned with the college’s core values. Before joining The Citadel, Selden spent 18 years at the University of Lynchburg where she served in numerous leadership roles including provost.

Cadet Breana Broad, a member of the Class of 2020, is the Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Her position involves media relations, serving as communications counselor to leaders within the Corps, overseeing campus VIP tours and contributing to campus news reports.

Broad selected Selden as the campus leader she most wanted to interview. Listen to the conversation below.

Citadel cadets raise $1,800 to send longtime janitor to Dallas Cowboys game https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-cadets-raise-1800-to-send-longtime-janitor-to-dallas-cowboys-game/ Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:11:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12923 Longtime Citadel janitor Dwight Holmes never misses a Dallas Cowboys game, even though he can't travel home to watch his team.]]>

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4, by Scott Eisberg

This is the season of giving, but a group of cadets at the Citadel are taking that to a whole new level.

Longtime Citadel janitor Dwight Holmes never misses a Dallas Cowboys game, even though he can’t travel home to watch his team.

“My team since 1970. Grandma and grandaddy were Cowboys fans. I always followed this team,” Holmes said.

Holmes says he normally watches the games in the lounge inside Capers Hall, or inside the barracks.

“He’s just one of those guys, more than a face in the crowd. He takes time out of his day, invests it in us, takes special interest in our lives. The least we can do to give back to him and give him something,” says Citadel cadet Sam Ouzts.

It’s nice to give, but the Echo and Hotel companies in Batallion Two might have hearts bigger than the Lone Star state.

“Sitting in my room, we decided we wanted to do something nice for a man who does so much for us.” explains Ouzts. “We started small. We wanted to get him a jacket, but we kept raising money and raising money until we had enough to send him to a Cowboys game. The generosity that everyone had that supported us, it was unreal.”

In a few days, about $1,800 was raised in a place where commands are commonplace. But the one for Holmes stood out: “Dwight, be here in the barracks at 7:45 AM.”

“They gave me a bag. I opened it up, looked in it, and it was an Emmitt Smith number 22 jersey, a gift card, plane tickets, a hotel, expense money,” says Holmes. “They took care of everything for me to go to the stadium. They raised a bunch of money. I was shocked, I thought it was just a jersey. They said to look a bit deeper It was everything. Real nice.”

Holmes won’t be on Moultrie St. on December 29 searching for a TV deeply hidden on the Citadel campus.

Holmes says he has never seen a Cowboys game in person.“I’m kinda choked up. I wasn’t expecting that. It’s a front-row seat.”

Update: Fraser-Rahim to discuss “America’s Other Muslims” with CNN’s Peter Bergen at New America event in D.C. https://today.citadel.edu/noted-citadel-professor-publishes-book-on-american-muslims/ Sat, 28 Dec 2019 11:00:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12873 Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., a professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, says his new book as being about average American Muslims.]]>

Update: Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim will discuss his book America’s Other Muslims with CNN senior national security analyst Peter Bergen at an event Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C. Information about the New America program event can be found here. The discussion can be followed on Twitter using #OtherMuslims and by following @NewAmericaISP.

Original article Dec. 28, 2019:
Noted Citadel professor publishes book on American Muslims

He’s an expert on violent extremism, with areas of specialty in transnational terrorist movements, counter-terrorism, Islamic intellectual history and contemporary theology in the Muslim world and African affairs. Now, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., is shifting direction slightly, in a new book he describes as being about average American Muslims.

A native Charlestonian, Fraser-Rahim splits his time between The Citadel where he serves as a professor of Intelligence and Security Studies, and Washington, D.C., where he instructed for The Citadel in D.C. program, and serves as Executive Director, North America for Quilliam International, the world’s oldest counter-extremist organization. Fraser-Rahim’s work with Quilliam and his research and writing about violent extremism have made him a highly sought after speaker and media contributor. MSNBC, CNN, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC, France 24 and NPR are some of the national and international news outlets on which he has been featured.

Fraser-Rahim publishes frequently, and was a co-author on Understanding Terrorism in Africa: A Primer. His new book, America’s Other Muslims: Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam, released January 31, 2020, is something of a change in focus for Fraser-Rahim as he explores the oldest Muslim community in America.

“America is unique among Western democracies in that it is the only country in which a sizable percentage of its Muslims are native-born converts of African descent,” Fraser-Rahim explains. “This group has flourished as part of the American experiment. First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and religion provided the foundation for the African-American Muslim community’s establishment and resilience over time.”

Fraser-Rahim spotlights the emergence of an American school of Islamic thought, lead by American Muslim Revivalist, Imam W.D. Mohammed, who is known for his contributions to the intellectual, spiritual and philosophical thought of American Muslims.

“Mohammed’s interpretations of Islam were not only American – they were also modern and responded to global trends in Islamic thought.”

America’s Other Muslims: Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam will be available for purchase through Amazon or the publisher, Roman & Littlefield.

Honoring the contributions of the college’s first assistant provost of diversity and 26 year faculty leader https://today.citadel.edu/honoring-the-contributions-of-the-colleges-first-assistant-provost-of-diversity-and-26-year-faculty-leader/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:00:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12936 Faculty and staff say goodbye to Julie LipovskyFaculty and staff say goodbye to Julie Lipovsky26 years after joining The Citadel Department of Psychology, Dr. Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D. ABPP, retires with a long legacy of achievements for the college and the community.]]> Faculty and staff say goodbye to Julie LipovskyFaculty and staff say goodbye to Julie Lipovsky

Photo above: Citadel faculty and staff wish Dr. Julie Lipovsky a fond farewell at a retirement gathering Dec. 19

She was teaching psychology as a professor at The Citadel before there were women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Now, 26 years later, Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D. ABPP, retires with a legacy that includes developing a Clinical-Counseling graduate program, having successfully founded programs and support for women cadets, faculty and staff, and having led the way for formalized LGBTQ support services. Additionally, Lipovsky served as the co-chair of the college’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, and established and directed a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) chapter at the college. NCBI teaching hundreds of cadets, faculty, staff and alumni leadership skills to work successfully with diverse populations by creating more inclusive environments. She also initiated the annual celebration of Women’s History Month at The Citadel.

Dr. Julie Lipovsky, right, accepts Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from former Citadel provost, Dr. Sam Hines, in 2014

Lipovsky has served more than 40 times as chair, co-chair or member on campus, community and professional committees and boards since joining The Citadel. She’s published dozens of papers and given more than 100 presentations related to her research into the treatment of child victims of abuse and post traumatic stress disorder for victims of violent crimes.

Some of Lipovsky’s leadership outside of The Citadel includes serving as co-founder of Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (LEAP), a non-profit organization providing equine-assisted psychotherapy to children, youth, adults, and families in the Lowcountry. 

Lipovsky with Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium's MLK award
Lipovsky with Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium’s MLK award

During her years at The Citadel Lipovsky was recognized with numerous honors and awards from the college and the community, some of which included the Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium’s MLK award, the Alliance for Full Acceptance Award, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizing high thought and noble effort, and the James C. Self Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

The Department of Psychology, in which Lipovsky has served as faculty since joining The Citadel, issued this proclamation honoring her upon her retirement:

Honoring the Contributions of Dr. Julie A. Lipovsky

Whereas, Dr. Julie Lipovsky began her relationship with The Citadel Psychology Department as a faculty member in 1993; and

Whereas, Dr. Julie Lipovsky was instrumental in the development of the Clinical-Counseling Master’s Program in Psychology and previously served as program director from 1993 to 2003; and

Whereas, Dr. Lipovsky has served as Assistant Provost of Diversity Initiatives (2013-2018) and Director of The Citadel National Coalition Building Institute Team (2012-2019); and

Whereas, Dr. Lipovsky has since 1993 served The Citadel with professionalism, integrity, courtesy, candor, insight, respect and passion; and

Whereas, Dr. Lipovsky has been and is widely regarded by The Citadel Psychology Department as a champion of its students, faculty and staff; be it therefore

Resolved, that on this 5th day of December, 2019, The Citadel Psychology Department expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr. Lipovsky for her distinguished service to the department and The Citadel; and be it further

Resolved, that The Citadel Psychology Department wishes for Dr. Lipovsky happiness and prosperity in future endeavors, both professional and personal.

Lloyd “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D., Department Head, Psychology
 A digital sign with photo of Dr. Julie Lipovsky that says We will miss you at the Citadel.
A Russian surveillance ship raised alarm for ‘unsafe’ operations off the SC coast https://today.citadel.edu/a-russian-surveillance-ship-raised-alarm-for-unsafe-operations-off-the-sc-coast/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 23:00:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12784 Carl Jensen, the head of the department of intelligence and security studies at The Citadel, said the move by the Russians was not uncommon.]]>

Photo: Russian surveillance ship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Russian warship, one of the fleet’s Vishnya-class ships generally used for intelligence gathering, was traveling off South Carolina’s coast over the weekend. (File/AP)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly

A Russian surveillance ship raised alarm with the U.S. military as it traveled down the South Carolina coast over the weekend. 

Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Phillip VanderWeit confirmed that the Viktor Leonov had been off the Southeast shore on Saturday and Sunday. 

VanderWeit said the ship was “more than 100 miles” off the Charleston coast and that it had made close contact with commercial vessels over the weekend, raising red flags. The U.S. Navy’s USS Mahan, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was operating close to the Russian ship, too, CNN reported.

Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Russian warship raised alarms with the U.S. military as it moved off the coast of South Carolina over the weekend. (File/AP)

A Marine Safety Information bulletin details the “unsafe manner” in which the Vishnya-class spy ship was operating.

“This unsafe operation includes not energizing running lights while in reduced visibility conditions, not responding to hails by commercial vessels attempting to coordinate safe passage and other erratic movements,” the memo stated.

It was moving north to south. 

The Viktor Leonov has regularly traveled in international waters along the East Coast since 2015.

Carl Jensen, the head of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, said the move by the Russians was not uncommon. As a 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy who served aboard submarines from 1978 until 1983, encounters with enemy ships were common.

“This is something that has been going on since the Cold War,” Jensen said. “They would constantly try to harass us.” 

Jensen said there is “sophisticated technology” aboard the vessel that is often used for tracking American ships.

Russia has increased patrols in the eastern seas since seizing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and American warships are often shadowed by their ships while they operate in the Black Sea.

Last week, President Donald Trump held a meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, amid tense relations between the two countries. Since the 2016 election, allegations of foreign interference in American elections has contributed to the diplomatic strain. 

Citadel’s Watergate panel to take fresh look at scandal https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-watergate-panel-to-take-fresh-look-at-scandal/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:00:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12702 The Citadel will bring together, for the first time, five of the FBI's lead investigators in the Watergate scandal for a panel discussion in February.]]>

Photo: Watergate materials donated to The Citadel’s Dept. of Intelligence and Security Studies

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

Forty-seven years ago, five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Citadel Intelligence Ethics Conference

Feb. 11-12

Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel

$75 for public; $50 for Citadel alumni; $35 for full-time students at other schools

Dr. Jan Goldman, jgoldma1@citadel.edu

The subsequent scandal and cover-up, known as Watergate, brought down President Richard M. Nixon and resulted in the indictment of 69 people, 48 of whom were found guilty of a crime.

Amid the current impeachment drama unfolding in Washington, The Citadel will bring together, for the first time, five of the FBI’s lead investigators in the Watergate scandal for a panel discussion in February.

The panel, organized by Citadel professor Melissa Graves, will be part of the military school’s Citadel Intelligence Ethics Conference, set for Feb. 11-12 and organized by The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies.

The Watergate panel and ethics conference are two examples of the increasing profile of The Citadel’s intelligence studies department, which offers one of the fastest growing majors at the school.

The Citadel recently received a donation of some 2,500 pieces of intelligence material to its library, and is the new home of the “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence,” the influential publication edited by Citadel professor Jan Goldman.

“The program we offer at The Citadel is the most varied and most extensive program in the country,” said Goldman, who has worked in intelligence for more than 25 years and taught at the National Intelligence University and the FBI Academy.

Some of the 2,500 pieces of intelligence materials donated to The Citadel’s Dept. of Intelligence and Security Studies

Much of Goldman’s work centers around ethics and intelligence. The February conference is called “Legally Immoral Activity: Testing the Limits of Intelligence Collection” and will examine those issues.

“That is what drove me into ethics 25 years ago,” Goldman said. “What we were doing with things like rendition and torture. How far are we willing to give up our principles and what this country has been founded on, for fear that we are about to be attached by terrorists? Where do we draw the line?”

The conference will included the Watergate panel. The scandal made stars of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, but much of the FBI’s investigative work remains untold. Five FBI agents and Earl Silbert, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia during Watergate, will be together for the first time to discuss their work on the case.

“We hope to learn the role of the investigators in building the case,” Goldman said. “We’re looking to set the record straight on Watergate, and that’s a part of the greater issue of balancing personal civil liberties and how far we are willing to go to for national security.”

The donation of 2,500 books from Maj. Don Sweeny, a former Army intelligence reservist who worked on the House of Representatives’ Un-American Activities Committee, is another valuable addition to the intelligence department.

The seven pallets of material includes manuscripts, training manuals and government documents. The trove also included the first five issues of Goldman’s “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence,” which now will be produced at The Citadel with the help of cadets.

“The journal goes to government agencies and academic institutions everywhere, so The Citadel will be in everybody’s library through this journal,” Goldman said.

The Citadel has long supplied intelligence professionals for the military and for federal agencies, but there was not an intelligence major at the school until 2017 when the Intelligence and Security Studies department was founded by Dr. Carl Jensen, a former FBI special agent.

As of now, there are 330 freshman, sophomore and junior cadets majoring in intelligence and security studies. That number is expected to rise to more than 500 next year with the department’s first senior class.

“It’s one of the best professions you can get into, I believe,” Goldman said. “It has really grown in the post-9/11 era, and you can work in government or private industry. Businesses like Disney, MasterCard and Exxon all have their own intel units now, as do defense contractors and the government itself.”

For information on the 2020 Citadel Intelligence Ethics Conference and Watergate Panel, contact Goldman at jgoldma1@citadel.edu.