National Security Strategy & Policy

Complementing interdisciplinary academic offerings and world-class research, Texas Tech's commitment to national security is reflected in its emphasis on developing leaders with strategic vision and global perspectives.

Vietnam Center & Archive

Texas Tech is dedicated to preserving an important area of American military history that informs current military strategy and policy. The university’s Vietnam Center and Archive encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the Vietnam War and promotes a greater understanding of that experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia.

  • With 25 million pages of documentation, the Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of Vietnam War-related material outside of the U.S. National Archives.
  • The Virtual Vietnam Archive provides free online access to more than 3.5 million pages of historical material, including government documents, combat after action reports, unit histories, still and moving images, personal veteran collections, oral history interviews, and more.
  • Materials from the Vietnam Center and Archive have particular applicability to the historical understanding of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, civic action and pacification, nation building, psychological operations, and the training of indigenous military and police forces.
Vietnam Center and Archive

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War.

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Center for Military Law & Policy

The Center for Military Law and Policy provides a platform for scholarly research related to military law, a forum for discussion of current issues related to military law, and a resource for information about legal careers in military and national security law.

  • The “al-Qaeda-inspired” attack that killed 13 and wounded many others at Fort Hood; the detention, method of treatment and trial by military commission of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay; the alleged violations of the law of armed conflict by the United States and its allies (including Israel) during combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon and Pakistan; the use of unmanned drones by the United States and Israel to kill terrorism suspects; and other high-profile military and national security-related cases have all created significant press coverage for center experts.
  • “The point of creating a Center for Military Law and Policy is not to create a civilian school of instruction for military law, but to bring credibility and a scholarly discussion to the modern military law debates,” said Professor Richard Rosen, director of the center.
  • With perhaps more former military lawyers on staff than any other law school in the nation, the Texas Tech University School of Law provides a unique academic environment to independently study the military judicial system.
Center for Military Law and Policy

The Center for Military Law and Policy was established as a means of capitalizing on the unique experience and knowledge of the Texas Tech faculty in the field of military law.

Center for Biodefense, Law & Public Policy

The Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration to explore solutions for the complex, and multidisciplinary areas of biodefense. The disciplines of law, public policy, mass communications, political science, microbiology, medicine, forensic pathology, animal and food sciences and plant science comprise the range of academic fields represented by the faculty associated with the center.

  • Center Director Victoria Sutton’s work was cited by the White House in an executive order addressing the need to balance national security and scientific research associated with regulated biological select agents. Her research highlighted biodefense researchers’ anxiety over inadvertently violating regulations governing these select agents.
  • The center operates the Biosafety and Biosecurity Law Hotline to aid biodefense researchers and safety officers seeking guidance on select agency regulations.
  • The Texas Tech School of Law is the first in the nation to develop a program in biodefense law offering a Biosecurity Law Certificate. Dr. Sutton also founded the “Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law,” the first law journal of its kind.
  • Dr. Sutton is the author of “Law and Bioterrorism” (Carolina Academic Press, 2003), and the forthcoming “Nanotechnology Law and Policy” (Carolina Academic Press, 2011).
Center for Biodefense Law & Public Policy

The Center provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration to develop solutions for the complex area of biodefense.

Global Engagement

  • TTU scientists are funded by the British Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation to conduct joint multinational research projects on zoonotic disease in Central Asia, especially in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Texas Tech scientists developed a policy book on the relationships between zoonotic disease and national security that has been distributed to the White House Global Health Initiative, Congress and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense.
  • The Texas Tech Center for Geospatial Technology develops innovative mobile, desktop and Internet mapping solutions for federal research sponsors – the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Specific historical documents in the Vietnam Center collection have been used for Department of Defense Lessons Learned, the development of Military Advisory Training Programs for Iraq and Afghanistan and the creation of Riverine Warfare Doctrine for Naval Expeditionary Combat Command operations in Iraq.
Global Engagement

The Center for Geospatial Technology supports applications such as GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS in interdisciplinary research, education and community service.

Strategic Studies

Texas Tech’s commitment to national security is reflected in its academic offerings and emphasis on developing leaders with strategic vision and global perspectives.

  • An interdisciplinary master’s degree in international studies focuses on international security, the global political economy and world organizations.
  • A graduate certificate in strategic studies is offered through the Department of Political Science to prepare students to deal with strategic responsibilities in all branches of federal government, as officers in the armed forces of the United States and as officials in state and local governments.
  • ROTC leadership development training, offered through the Departments of Military Science and Aerospace Studies, prepares military officers for responsibilities in defending our national security interests at home and abroad.
ROTC leadership development training

Texas Tech offers programs to train the military, governmental and agency leaders of tomorrow.

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