Mercyhurst University announced today that it is partnering with the Lockheed Martin Center for Security Analysis to deliver intelligence training and education at Mercyhurst’s Dungarvan, IE, campus beginning in February.
The partnership is an outgrowth of an existing relationship between Lockheed Martin and Mercyhurst that will enable the global security and aerospace company and the university’s internationally known intelligence studies program to respond to the intelligence training needs of an emerging European market.
Mercyhurst will provide Lockheed Martin with facilities and administrative support at its Dungarvan campus and work collaboratively to develop an audience both for Lockheed Martin’s training initiatives and Mercyhurst’s academic programs in the fields of national security, law enforcement and competitive (business) intelligence, said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the university’s Institute for Intelligence Studies.
While Mercyhurst has undertaken multiple projects with Lockheed Martin in recent years, this latest alliance creates a significant opportunity for the intelligence studies institute in Erie, Pa., to advance its mission in Europe, Breckenridge said. Established in March 2012, Mercyhurst’s Dungarvan campus paved the way for the university to expand its existing study-abroad offerings, forge partnerships with European institutions on educational ventures, and establish a European base for its intelligence studies program whereby it would expand its online graduate certificate platform as well as research and training opportunities with European partners.
Lockheed Martin will deliver its courses, among them Critical Thinking and Counterterrorism Analysis, in Alexandria, Va., and, beginning in February, at Mercyhurst’s Dungarvan campus.
Further, Mercyhurst and Lockheed are collaborating on an invitation-only colloquium July 11-12 in Dungarvan that is targeted at intelligence training leaders from the European Union (EU). The purpose of the colloquium, which follows Mercyhurst’s third biennial Global Intelligence Forum in Dungarvan July 7-10, is to identify future intelligence training needs in the EU.
“With this partnership, Mercyhurst and Lockheed Martin are creating a unique relationship between the private sector and academia that does not now exist,” said Robert Heibel, founder of the intelligence studies program at Mercyhurst.
Heibel described the market, spanning government and commercial enterprise, as “wide open.”
“Intelligence is a global enterprise,” Breckenridge added. “This partnership not only strengthens Mercyhurst’s work in the field but reflects the commitment of this university to global engagement.”
The Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., is the world’s largest full-time applied intelligence studies program in academia and has developed and delivered products and training for national security, law enforcement and competitive intelligence organizations across the U.S. and Europe. It founded the Global Intelligence Forum, held biennially in Dungarvan, IE.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.