Tom Ridge visits Aggieland to talk about security, national threats

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the George H. W. Bush Foundation Lecture Series by Wells Fargo hosted Tom Ridge, the first Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former governor of Pennsylvania.

The event was called “What’s Next for National Security?" and featured Senator Orrin Hatch via video; and Mark Welsh, dean of the Bush School and former chief of staff of the Air Force.

Click on the video player attached to this story to hear some of Ridge's lecture.

The event at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center was co-hosted by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy and the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, both part of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

“Our nation stands at a pivotal point with regard to the future of national security,” Welsh said. “Governor Ridge will provide expert insight on border issues and the growing insecurity in our world.”

Ridge was the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is the current chairman of Ridge Global, a risk management and security consulting firm. Prior to serving as DHS Secretary, Ridge also served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania and six terms in the House of Representatives. He is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Sen. Hatch is the senior senator from Utah and the most senior Republican in the Senate. He serves as Senate president pro tempore and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and the Joint Committee on Taxation. His pre-recorded remarks will cover his opinion on key national security issues.

Mark Welsh is the dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He previously served as the chief of staff of the Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, associate director of Military Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, and Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy.