The center’s Global Security Program examines the shifting landscapes of science, technology, and policy, and how these and other factors can affect the political and cultural environment both at home and abroad. Identifying threats to national security—particularly nuclear terrorism—will be important in implementing policies that protect citizens from internal and external attack. The goal of the program is to bring together industry leaders, technology and policy experts, and government officials in order to devise policies on key issues of national security.
The director of the Global Security Program is Howard Hall, a nuclear chemist and an expert in the field of nuclear terrorism who also serves as the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. In his work with the program, Hall develops programs and research that examine issues related to weapons of mass destruction, cyber security, and information analysis. The goal of the program is to look at the interplay of global security policy, law, and diplomacy, and to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority and other nuclear industries throughout the region.
In an effort to train future stakeholders in this field, the Baker Center offers the Global Security Studies curriculum, a certificate program that instructs students on the interrelationships that exist between and are related to the security of nation-states. Students study political science, economics, and engineering in order to understand the interaction of these fields within the global security arena.