Eisenhower Fellows Presentations and Discussion


Fri, 04/23/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm


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The Eisenhower Series College Program is a communication and outreach program for the U.S. Army War College. Designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between its students and the public, the program offers a unique opportunity to engage with issues of national importance.

Moderated by Faten Ghosn, Associate Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy. 

Speakers and Topics:

Lieutenant Colonel James R. Bartran II: "Immigration Reform is Critical to National Security"

Lieutenant Colonel Rena O. Henderson-Alailima: "Climate Change and National Security"

Major General Abdul Sami: "Pak-Afghan Border Fence-The Story of Security and Social Transformation"

Lieutenant Colonel Adisa T. King: "The Mass Destruction that we Commit with Every Click: Polarization and Breakdown Civil Discourse"



Lieutenant Colonel James R. Bartran II
Lt Col James Bartran recently departed the Operations Division of the Air Combat Command (ACC) staff as Chief of Crisis Operations, JB Langley-Eustis, VA. In his role he was charged with sourcing Combat Air Force capabilities for six Combatant Commands while leading the ACC Crisis Operations Center, aligning the command’s capabilities in support of command and civil authority needs during crisis operations. Previously Lt Col Bartran was the commander of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea where he was responsible for all U-2 high altitude reconnaissance in the Pacific theater of operations. Lt Col Bartran is a Command Pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in the T-34, T-38, B-1B, OH-58, UH-60, TU-2S, and U-2S. He has flown combat missions in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM as well as numerous sensitive reconnaissance operations in support of United States Central Command, European Command, and Pacific Command. He has flown over 720 hours of combat time and more than 85 combat sorties. 

Lieutenant Colonel Rena O. Henderson-Alailima
LTC Rena Henderson-Alailima is a native of Mobile, Alabama. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, Class of 2002, where she received her Bachelor of Science, with a Major in – Civil Engineering and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Engineer Corps. Upon graduation from USMA, and completion of the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course (EOBC), LTC Alailima was assigned as a Platoon Leader for the 175th Engineer Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her time as Platoon Leader, she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. LTC Alailima holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from United States Military Academy and also a Masters in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her professional military education includes: Airborne School; Master Fitness Trainer Course; Engineer Officer’s Basic Course; Engineers Captain’s Career Course; the Recruiting and Retention Company Commander’s Course; Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course; Command and General Staff College; Joint Planner Course; Military Police Officer Transition Course; and Civil Support Skills Course

Major General Abdul Sami (Pakistan)

Lieutenant Colonel Adisa T. King
LTC Adisa King is a Jackson, Mississippi native and graduated in December 2000 from United States Military Academy at West Point. He commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Infantry. After completing Airborne and Ranger School, he served in the 1-9 Infantry (Mechanized) “Manchu”, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey, Korea as an executive officer and platoon leader. In May 2017, LTC King assumed command of 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry in 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) In 2019, he deployed the majority of the unit in 2019 to Baghdad, Iraq. He served as the Task Force Commander and Senior Advisor to the Iraq Army commanders of the Baghdad Operations Center and Diyala Operations Center. Currently, LTC King serves as the Regimental Tactical Officer responsible for the overall leadership development for over 1,000 cadets in the 1st Regiment in the United States Corps of Cadets. 

Co-sponsored by the School of Government and Public Policy and the Veterans Education and Transition Services

This event will be on Zoom. Registration closes 24 hours before the event. The registration link: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BrMaEPRxE07Q2O

To request disability-related accommodations that would ensure your full participation in this event, please contact: jellison@arizona.edu