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Former assistant secretary of Defense to speak Jan. 24

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Dr. Larry Korb
The Democracy Institute at HFCC will host Dr. Larry Korb, who will present “How Much for Defense? Foreign Policy and National Security on a Budget” in Room L-14 of the Liberal Arts Building, located on the main campus on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The World Affairs Council of America’s Engage America Speaker Series and the Center for International Policy World Affairs Council of Detroit are sponsoring this event. It is free and open to the public. Please note that space is limited to 150 people. “The Democracy Institute aims to promote civic education and public service,” said Dr. Anthony Perry, interim associate dean of Political Science at HFCC. Korb is perhaps best known for serving as assistant secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration from 1981-85. In this position, he administered nearly 70 percent of the defense budget. For his service, he won the Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., a senior advisor at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Previously, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002 he was council vice president, director of studies and holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair. Prior to joining the council, Korb served as director of the Center for Public Policy Education and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; vice president of corporate operations at the Raytheon Company; and director of defense studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Korb is also an author who has written 20 books on national security. He has served as a commentator with more than 2,000 appearances on such shows as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Face the Nation,” “Nightline,” “The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hours” “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” Crossfire” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” Additionally, he has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, among other respected publications. Korb received his undergraduate degree in 1961 from the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati (originally called St. Francis Xavier Seminary), which is the third-oldest Catholic seminary in the United States. In 1962, he received his graduate degree from St. John’s University in New York City. That same year, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on active duty for four years as a Naval Flight Officer before retiring from the Naval Reserve as a captain. After the service, he received his doctoral degree at the State University of New York Albany in 1969. He has held full-time teaching positions at the University of Dayton, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Naval War Academy. “We’re honored to have Dr. Korb speak at the College,” said Perry. Seating at this event is limited to 150. To make reservations or for further information, please contact Perry at (313) 845-6383 or