The Citadel will host the Southeast Region Security and Intelligence Conference Oct. 11-12 at the Francis Marion Hotel.

The conference will explore national security and port vulnerability. All panel sessions are free and open to the public.

The event is organized by the military college’s Department of Criminal Justice as part of the school’s new graduate and undergraduate programs in National Security Studies and Intelligence Analysis.

The focus of the conference will be an examination of how vulnerable ports are to terrorist attacks and what might be done to counter such threats.

The co-keynote speakers will be Letitia A. Long, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Robert Cardillo, deputy director of national intelligence for Intelligence Integration.

Bo Moore, dean of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said the conference “promises to enhance our understanding of the security challenges we face on the Southeastern coast of our country and how best to address them on the nation’s behalf.”

For more information, including a full listing of panels and participants, see www.citadel.edu/sersi