On April 12, 2013 the California State University Center of Academic Excellence held its 7th Annual Colloquium. Students from Azusa Pacific University, CSU-San Bernardino, CSU-Fullerton, CSU-Long Beach, University of Redlands and others attended. Professor Donovan Chau of CSU-San Bernardino presented on “Challenge Projects.” Challenge projects are quarter-long, faculty-student research projects, designed to provide insight for agencies of the U.S. government about a specific issue, while enhancing students’ analytical skills. CSU-San Bernardino has completed seven of these projects in the past few years for the National Security Agency. Following Dr. Chau’s presentation, National Security Studies students from Political Science 621: Strategic Intelligence, presented their class project entitled “Sustainability of U.S. Drone Operations in Pakistan” to classmates, visiting students, faculty, and members of the Intelligence Community. Afterwards, guest lecturer Benjamin Acosta, Ph.D. Candidate at Claremont Graduate University and National Security Studies graduate, presented his research on drone operations on their effect on terrorist groups.
The presentations were followed by an Intelligence Community panel where representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Government Accountability Office and the State Department presented on careers at their respective agencies. Students then had the opportunity to meet individually with the representatives.