About LTRI

ABOUT THE LOUISIANA TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) is the formal recognition of the existing and productive partnership efforts between Louisiana Tech University and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). LTRI is multi-disciplinary, agile, innovative, and responsive to needs and opportunities presented by the ever-changing demands of our regional and national economy. LTRI looks to serve as a catalyst for innovation that solves complex problems, drives economic advancement, and fosters collaboration.

Our Core Competencies

INTEGRATED, INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS FOR APPLIED RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND TECHNICAL CHALLENGES0%
NUCLEAR DETERRENCE AND EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND ANALYSIS0%
CYBER-ENABLED NUCLEAR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATION (NC3) EDUCATION AND TRAINING AS WELL AS APPLIED CYBER RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS0%
THEORETICALLY INFORMED, CHALLENGED-ORIENTED, AND EMPIRICALLY DRIVEN APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING0%
AGILE, RAPID, AND MODERN EDUCATION AND TRAINING CURRICULUM DESIGN AND APPLICATION0%

Our Mission: To promote and advance innovative, agile, and responsive interdisciplinary policy analysis, focused education and training, applied research, and transformative technologies that address America’s national security challenges.

Our Vision: To be a transformative leader in national security problem-solving technology and solutions through innovation in interdisciplinary policy research and analysis, education and training, applied research, and strategic thought.

Executive Director:     Curtis McGiffin is a 27-year Air Force veteran, received his Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University and Master’s of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has decades of experience supporting the nuclear enterprise as an EC-135 and E-4B navigator and as a staff officer in the HAF/A10, USJFCOM, and Joint Staff J3. A former graduate-level professor of strategy and deterrence at the National War College, he currently teaches several different courses on deterrence theory at both the University and USAF PME levels.

 

Education Director for CADENSE:     Dr. Brooke Mitchell received her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. Dr. Mitchell has a decade of university teaching experience, including instructional design for graduate level courses. Her research interests include public administration, strategic foresight, and public policy.

 

Education Director for CESARS:     Mike Dilda is a 26-year Air Force veteran, received his Master’s of Science in Computer Systems Technology from Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.  With combat experience in Operations DESERT STORM, ALLIED FORCE and IRAQI FREEDOM, he is an experienced nuclear enterprise aviator, war planner, exercise planner and staff officer; he also served as resident faculty at the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

 

Associate Education Director for CESARS:   Rasheem Wright is a 24-year Air Force and Navy veteran, received his Master’s of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  With over 20 years of experience in the nuclear enterprise as a Missile Combat Crew Member, he has held numerous positions within Air Force Global Strike Command and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  He is a former National Laboratory Technical Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories.

 

Research Fellow for CADENSE:     Dr. John Worsencroft received his Doctorate in American History from Temple University.   He is an Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana Tech University and a research fellow for the Waggonner Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy and served in the US Marine Corps with a combat tour in Iraq in 2003.

 

Research Associate:     Anna White received her Master’s of Arts in Computational Linguistics from Indiana University. Her research interests include discourse analysis for strategic messaging and deterrence; and social media analytics for open source intelligence and situational awareness; and machine learning for linguistic applications.