Omaha Public Radio News
2:59 am
Thu November 20, 2008

Bellevue University offering certificate program in Strategic Deterrence

Bellevue, NE – Bellevue University is offering a new program designed to help STRATCOM employees learn more about strategic deterrence.

The University will begin offering the nine-credit-hour Strategic Deterrence program this spring. Jim Biernesser, BU's Director of Military Programs, says the program focuses on using all elements of national power to defer attacks. He says students in the program will be asked to look at diplomatic and business approaches in addition to military ones.

Provost Mary Hawkins says the Strategic Deterrence program incorporates psychological, philosophical, cultural, and economic approaches. She says the goal is to broaden the thinking. The curriculum is based on the history of Strategic Deterrence, how it's used today, and how it can successfully be used in the future.

Bellevue is the home of Offutt Air Force Base and U.S. Strategic Command or STRATCOM. Hawkins says the program fulfills STRATCOM's mission.