On Tuesday, October 10, the George H. W. Bush Foundation Lecture Series by Wells Fargo will present “What’s Next for National Security?” The program will feature Tom Ridge, the first Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former governor of Pennsylvania; US Senator Orrin Hatch via video; and Mark Welsh, Dean of the Bush School and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Comments will focus on broad concerns relating to national security.
The event will be co-hosted by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy and the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, both at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
“Our nation stands at a pivotal point with regard to the future of national security,” Welsh said. “Governor Ridge will provide expert insight on border issues and the growing insecurity in our world.”
Tom Ridge was the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is the current Chairman of Ridge Global, a risk management and security consulting firm. Prior to serving as DHS Secretary, Ridge also served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania and six terms in the US House of Representatives. He is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Orrin Hatch is the senior Senator from Utah and the most senior Republican in the Senate. He serves as Senate President Pro Tempore and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Joint Committee on Taxation. His prerecorded remarks will cover his opinion on key national security issues.
Mark Welsh is the Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Associate Director of Military Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, and Commandant of the United States Air Force Academy.
The event will be held on Tuesday, October 10, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. Since seating is limited, registration is required.