It’s time once again to feature some of the smart conversations that occur around the country through the Eisenhower Series College Program. For over 50 years, the Eisenhower Program has reached out to colleges and town halls across the nation to introduce War College students to audiences that are often unfamiliar with members of the U.S. military. This episode features Nate Minott and Chris Powers as they discuss some of the newest threats to homeland security. Nate considers the modern consumer-grade drone and the problem of securing airspace over sporting events, concerts or any large gathering. It’s a timely concern as the world watches what drones can do on the battlefield. Chris discusses the potential threat of foreign buyers acquiring land in the United States as well as the militarization of civilian law enforcement.
[My son] ran cross country with them, and at one of the events, a drone, a simple quadcopter showed up and hovered above the start line. The announcers told them to leave, and then the race proceeded to just happen, and the drone just followed them…I was aghast at just the lackadaisical attitudes of everyone that day.
Nate Minott is a lieutenant colonel and an Army Air Defense Officer with 20 years of military service and numerous deployments. He has extensive experience with Air Defense weapons like the Patriot and Stinger. He also has experience developing advanced military capabilities through the Army acquisition process. He was a member of the Eisenhower Series College Program and is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Chris Powers is a lieutenant colonel Military Police Officer with over 23 years of service in the Missouri National Guard. He has deployed for Operation Noble Eagle in support of homeland security following the 9/11 attacks, Operation Iraqi Freedom, trained units in Panama and Poland, and responded to numerous state emergencies ranging from natural disasters to civil unrest. When not in uniform, Chris serves as the managing member of a law firm that specializes in real estate litigation and operates a beef cattle farm. Chris received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2007 and is licensed to practice law in multiple state and federal jurisdictions throughout the Midwest. He was a member of the Eisenhower Series College Program and is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Ron Granieri is Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
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