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OADII 2022 Symposium

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The Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Innovation Institute (OADII) Presents

2022 Symposium | Addressing Our Evolving Global Security Challenge

Examining the Role of Universities in Meeting Current and Future National Defense Priorities

The inaugural OU defense symposium featured a full day of discussion, including keynotes and panels on topics such as climate security, security implications of emerging technologies, warfare in the era of social media and Sino-Russia relations - implications on U.S. security. Watch the presentations below.

These sessions were followed by a fireside chat and student poster competition.

Keynote: Mark Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Lewis

Executive Director,
NDIA’s Emerging Technologies Institute

Panel: Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

James Grimsley

Executive Director, Advanced Technology Initiatives,
Division of Strategic Development,
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma


Leigh Madden

Chief Executive Officer, Epirus

COL William Parker 

Military Deputy to the Director, Joint C-UAS Office (JCO) 

Director, Fires in the G-3/5/7, HQ Department of the Army

Lisa Ellman

Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance and Partner
Hogan Lovells

Panel: Climate Security

Renee McPherson, Ph.D.

University Director,

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center


Erin Sikorsky

Director, The Center for Climate and Security
Director, The International Military Council on Climate and Security

CDR Andrea Cameron, Ph.D.

Military Professor, National Security Affairs

Berrien Moore III, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in Climate Studies
Director, National Weather Center

Keynote: Honorable Ellen Lord.

Ellen Lord

Former Under Secretary Of Defense For Acquisition And Sustainment For The U.S. Department Of Defense

Panel: Security Implications of Emerging Technologies

Eric Heinze, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair,
OU Department of International and Area Studies


Lt Gen Carl Schaefer

Deputy Commander,
Air Force Materiel Command,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Mohammad A. Khaleel

Associate Lab Director for National Security Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Steven J. Morani

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Panel: International Security in the Information Arena

Carol Silva, Ph.D.

Co-Director, OU Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis


Lt Gen (Ret.) Bradford J. “B.J.” Shwedo

Director, Institute for Future Conflict at USAF Academy

Katerina Tsetsura

Associate Professor of Public Relations and Strategic Communications,
OU's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Scott Ruston

Director & Research Professor, Global Security Initiative, Center on Narrative, Disinformation and Strategic Influence

Keynote: General (Ret.) Hawk Carlisle

Gen (Ret.) Hawk Carlisle

Former President and CEO,
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Special Presentation

Rep. Stephanie L. Bice

Representative OK-5

Evening Dinner Fireside Chat

Rep. Tom Cole

Representative OK-4

Leanne Caret

Executive Vice President for the Boeing Company

Gen (Ret.) Robin Rand

Policy Advisor for the Vice President for Research and Partnerships
University of Oklahoma

Rick Nagel

Managing Partner and CEO, Acorn Growth Companies
University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents Member