Pearl Harbor Day Panel To Put Attacks into Perspective

December 1, 2011 — Military officials, historians and policy analysts will gather at the University of Virginia on Dec. 7 – the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor – for a public panel discussion designed to place the attacks in perspective relative to today's security concerns.

The U.Va.-based Critical Incident Analysis Group is hosting the panel, "Pearl Harbor in Retrospect: Insights from 1941, to the Present, and for the Future." The third annual panel discussion, which is open to the public, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McLeod Hall Auditorium, 202 Jeanette Lancaster Way.

Housed within the School of Medicine, the group is made up of international, interdisciplinary and inter-professional scholars and practitioners who work to understand the impact of critical incidents on people, communities and social structures.

Dr. Gregory Saathoff, CIAG's executive director, said the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, which brought the U.S. into World War II, stand as a testament to people's resiliency in the face of horrific challenges.

"This is a notable year, as it is not only the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but also the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor," he said. "The panel members are distinguished in their fields and will use the history of Pearl Harbor as a springboard to discuss and understand current threats that we face."

The panel's participants will include Col. Fred Borch, regimental historian for the Judge Advocate General School; Robert DeSourdis, author of numerous emergency communications texts; retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Inge, recent deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command; and Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History in U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences.

Ken Rapuano, who served as the deputy director for homeland security in the George W. Bush administration, will moderate the discussion. The panel will include an interactive discussion with audience members. Retired Lt. Gen. Edward L. Rowny, a 1941 West Point graduate who commanded troops in World War II, will provide a brief reflection.

"Even though our security terrain has changed over the past 70 years," Saathoff said, "it is valuable to explore how the lessons of the events of December 7, 1941 are applicable even today."

For information on the Critical Incident Analysis Group, visit its website.

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