DALLAS TWP. — A former national security adviser with expertise in combating terrorism will spend today participating in events on the Misericordia University campus.
Her visit will culminate tonight with the second annual Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture Series at which she will present “Government, Law and National Security'' at 7:30.
Frances Townsend had planned on discussing general national security issues and how the government and laws factor into them. But in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Townsend appeared on CNN as a consultant and has spent the better part of the last week analyzing and talking about the issue.
Before her public lecture tonight, Townsend will conduct a master class for students who are enrolled in the Misericordia University Government, Law and National Security Program. Then she'll be a panelist at a student-attended symposium on national security issues.
Other panelists include Peter J. Smith, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Retired Gen. Keith Martin, former director of Pennsylvania Homeland Security; John Belcher, district director for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, and others.
“Frances Townsend has been one of the foremost figures in U.S. national security during the last decade, and she brings immense experience and a highly informed perspective to this problem,” said professor Brian F. Carso, the director of the school's Government, Law and National Security program.
Townsend has been a prosecutor and first assistant commandant for Intelligence with the U.S. Coast Guard before she was appointed Homeland Security adviser on in 2004 for President George W. Bush. She chaired the Homeland Security Council and reported to the president on Homeland Security policy and combating terrorism.