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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
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
- 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).
The Center provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration to develop
solutions for the complex area of biodefense.
- 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.
The Center for Geospatial Technology supports applications such as GIS, Remote Sensing
and GPS in interdisciplinary research, education and community service.
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. armyrotc.ba.ttu.edu
Texas Tech offers programs to train the military, governmental and agency leaders
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