From: Laura J. Woodard, Director of Media Relations
ULM's Sutherlin presents at International Security
Dr. John W. Sutherlin, associate professor of political
science and co-director of the Social Science Research Lab
at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, presented at the
International Security/Internal Safety Conference, March
23-24, at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
The focus of the conference was on homeland security
issues, such as terrorism and counter-terrorism, and first
responders for natural or man-made disasters.
Sutherlin's presentation was titled, Louisiana's
Vulnerabilities: How to Shut Down the State for Under 10
The idea for this presentation came out of a workshop I
held a couple of years back at Northern Command in
Colorado, stated Sutherlin, Here, I put forward the idea
that while cyber terrorism, high profile events or
locations certainly should remain a primary focus, there
were too many 'low-tech' ways to compromise public
health and safety.
Sutherlin used his experience in working with urban
environmental infrastructures to create a scenario where
terrorists target landfills, sewerage systems and drinking
water supplies to shut down vast parts of the state.
Sutherlin added, The point is that we should not wait for
another event, but we should think creatively and secure
sites that pose potential threats.