Survivor of 9/11 Attack on Pentagon Opens ICHS Lecture Series

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As the fifth anniversary of 9/11 draws near, one man is sharing his first hand account of September 11, 2001.

Retired Colonel Tom Matthews, the former chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction of the Joint Staff, was in the Pentagon when terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the building.

Matthews survived the attack and Thursday he brought his perspective concerning the events of 9/11 to the George Bush Presidential Library.

As the Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Matthews also addressed the nation's approach to intelligence and the United States' prospects for victory in the war on terror.

"What we have to do is be proactive, keep them off balance, and keep them from allowing themselves to get organized and synchronized where they pick the time and place to again be successful in an attack on the United States," Matthews said.

Matthews was the first speaker for the 2006-2007 session of the ICHS Lecture Series. The series is sponsored by the Integrative Center for Homeland Security at Texas A&M University.