Strategic Areas of Focus

Global and National Security

Today’s national security concerns include whole-of-society problems such as extremism, biothreats, climate change, disinformation, and cybercrime. National leaders have underscored the complex nature of contemporary security problems, both foreign and domestic. Our increasingly complex, globalized, and digitized/networked world demands robust and interdisciplinary analyses of large scale global and national security problems. The Global and National Security signature initiative combines research, community partnerships, academic
programs, and federal funding opportunities to advance USF’s ranking and national visibility. Given Tampa Bay is home to MacDill Air Force Base, cutting-edge scientific and medical centers, major defense industries, international airports, and a thriving port for international trade, USF is uniquely positioned to achieve prominence in academic fields related to global and national security.

Security challenges of the 21st century will require and involve diverse expertise from the humanities and social sciences to STEM. By fostering relationships with military and government agencies, USF can differentiate and establish itself as a leader and in disciplines that support the Department of Defense’s National Defense Strategy. Furthermore, leveraging USF’s proximity to US Central Command, US Special Operations Command, and other regional and statewide assets, such as Cyber Florida, will aid in building nationally ranked academic
programs and centers of unique competitive advantage to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

By leveraging USF’s unique academic assets, USF is positioned to provide innovative solutions to new security threats. Examples of current differentiation include the Institute of Applied Engineering’s contract with the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base to provide new discoveries in areas including autonomous systems, transportation, and infrastructure. Further, the School of Information delivers the Strategic and Cyber Intelligence Program, a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence which is administered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Various other relevant USF centers and institutes such as the Center for Analytics and Creativity, the Institute on Russia, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Counter Extremism, the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Institute on Black Life, the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic
Studies, and programs and activities managed by USF World, provide means to respond to global and national security challenges.