The Colin L. Powell Lecture for the CGSC class of 2018 was conducted at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 23, in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center. Former Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers presented this year’s lecture.
Rogers served as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 8th District from 2001-2015. He was the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2011-2015. Recently he served as the national security advisor to the Presidential Transition Team. He is also a former officer in the U.S. Army and a special agent in the FBI.
With his background and experience Rogers is uniquely positioned to influence national discussions and offer expert analysis on diverse political and national security-related subjects. During his presentation to the 2018 Class of CGSC, Rogers spoke about national security issues with special emphasis on cyber security and its implications for both national security and defense programs. By all accounts, Rogers captivated the audience with his in-depth knowledge and wry humor…all wrapped around a central message that the nation must deal with sophisticated cyber threats now and into the future.
After his presentation to the class, Rogers attended a luncheon hosted by Foundation President Mike Hockley at Spencer Fane’s office in downtown Kansas City. During the luncheon Foundation Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Miller presented Rogers with a commemorative Powell Lecture Series coin from the Foundation in appreciation for his presentation as the Powell lecturer.
The Colin L. Powell Lecture Series was established by CGSC and the CGSC Foundation in 2008 in honor of the legacy of Gen. Powell at Fort Leavenworth. Powell, a former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, served at Fort Leavenworth as a Brigadier General, and was the driving force behind the development of the Buffalo Soldier Monument that honors the service of the 9th and 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers.”
The intent of the Powell Lecture Series is to invite national and international distinguished personalities to provide lectures on contemporary issues to the faculty, student body, community and business leaders in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Lecturers in the series range from heads of state, heads of government, senior diplomats, and other distinguished persons who could bring their unique perspectives to help educate the audience about historical or contemporary issues of importance to the nation or the international community.
The lecture series is sponsored by the CGSC Foundation through an endowment from TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
For more information contact the CGSC Foundation.
For more photos from the lecture visit the CGSC Foundation photo album on Flickr.