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Shawn Brimley to Speak at St. Norbert College as Part of Great Decisions Lecture Series

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From St. Norbert College, March 12, 2014
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will lecture on "Defense Technology" as part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the F. K. Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus.

Brimley rejoined CNAS after serving in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012 as director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He also served as special advisor to the undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon. In 2010, he was awarded the Officer of the Secretary of Defense Medal for exceptional public service and in 2012 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for outstanding public service. He has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.

Brimley will speak about the new "game-changing" technologies that are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality, all during an age of fiscal austerity.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program meant to bring together local, regional and national experts in an eight-week lecture series discussing international issues of interest to the community.

Topics for the series are selected by the Foreign Policy Association of America and are intended to provide a local forum for discussion on current political and economic issues. The speakers are selected by participating colleges and universities. St. Norbert College is one of only two schools in Wisconsin that present the entire series.

Admission to individual sessions is $5 at the door, and briefing books are available for $20. The briefing book includes background information on the lecture topics and access to the association's website,, for resources, guides to topics and online discussion forums.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College Center for International Education at 920-403-3447 or go to

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