USF Joint Military Leadership Center Spring 2008 Symposium

TAMPA, FL (February 29, 2008)--The University of South Florida’s Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC) held its Spring 2008 Symposium on Friday, 29 February 2008 in C.W. Bill Young Hall. The symposium was entitled: “The U. S. Central Command Coalition Partners: Their Armed Forces…Their Security Perspectives”.

The event provided ROTC cadets, midshipmen, and officer candidates from USF and across Florida a forum to learn about other nations’ military organization and capabilities. They also learned about other nations’ perspectives on security issues at the national, regional, and global levels. To provide perspective outside of military studies, non-ROTC students of USF’s Department of International Affairs was also invited to participate in the event.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas A. Marks, Chair, Department of Irregular Warfare, School for National Security Executive Education at the National Defense University. Other speakers included USF Vice Provost Dr. Dwayne Smith and the Director of the U. S. Central Command Coalition Coordination Committee (CCC), Major General Michael Diamond. The Coalition Chairman, Brigadier General Arne Skjaerpe, Senior National Representative, Kingdom of Norway made closing remarks.

After the opening session, students participated in four round robin breakout sessions. The breakout sessions included Coalition representatives from the regions of Africa, Central Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Each made a presentation about their nation, their military and their perspective on security issues, followed by a Q&A session.

The Senior National Representatives who spoke in the regional breakout sessions were:

  • Air Commodore Samulski, Australia
  • Brigadier General Yves Christophe, France
  • Colonel Samuel Thuita, Kenya
  • Brigadier General Hardenbol, Netherlands
  • Air Commodore Richard Newlands, New Zealand
  • Brigadier Changez Khan, Pakistan
  • and Colonel Iskandar Dadabaev, Tajikistan.

Other coalition members attended to observe the symposium. This is the 6th symposium sponsored by the JMLC. The symposium was directly in support of the JMLC’s mission to provide ROTC cadets/midshipmen/officer candidates with unique core competencies and skills in leadership development, global understanding, and military/national defense strategies.

The JMLC will oversee and provide an academically-structured, research-based, and values-driven program that educates, trains, and prepares military officers and service leaders for their leadership roles in the continuing transformation of America’s Armed Forces in the dynamic and challenging global environment.

The University of South Florida is one of only 38 campuses in the Nation that have ROTC programs from all of the Nation’s Armed Services (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force). A total of 323 college and university campuses in America host an ROTC program from at least one Armed Service. More than 370 undergraduate men and women currently participate in the USF ROTC programs. Most of them attend undergraduate classes exclusively at USF, but many are undergraduate students at nearby colleges and universities that do not have their own ROTC program, faculty, and facilities.


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.