Director of Cyber Innovation Center to Speak at UH

Talk to highlight research opportunities in cyber defense, cyber warfare

Craig C. Spohn, director of The Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., will discuss research opportunities in the field of cyber operations - which includes both cyber defense and cyber warfare - at 4 p.m., today (April 16) at the Bauer College of Business, Room 170.

The hour-long talk is hosted by the University of Houston Air Force ROTC Detachment 003.

The United States Air Force recently changed its mission statement from "defending and fighting in air and space" to "defending and fighting in air, space and cyber space." Realizing the vital importance of this adaptation, cadets now are modifying their training to better prepare for the newly recognized threats of cyber warfare.


Spohn has 20 years of business experience in the information technology field, working in international, commercial and federal government markets. The mission of the Cyber Innovation Center is to support cyber initiatives by promoting research and educational and technological innovation while fostering collaborative and strategic alliances between governmental agencies, private industry and academic institutions. The 8th Air Force and the Cyber Combat Development Center in Bossier City play a key role in advancing this mission.

The Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 at the University of Houston is dedicated to developing quality leaders for the U.S. Air Force. These leaders are trained to be focused physically and academically on all fronts. Detachment 003 is the fastest-growing Air Force ROTC detachment in the nation from 2005 to 2007.

To attend this event, UH faculty, staff and students must RSVP by contacting Captain Brian Kusiak at or at 713-743-4932.

WHAT: Cyber Warfare and Research Opportunities Guest Speaker
WHEN: 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2008
WHERE: Melcher Hall at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, Room 170
3855 Holman St
Houston, TX 77004