The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Dr. Terry C. Pierce (Captain, USN, Ret.), Special Advisor for Disruptive Innovation for the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. Dr. Pierce is also the Director of the DHS Center of Innovation at the United States Air Force Academy, where he teaches and champions disruptive and sustaining innovations for USAFA and USCGA cadets.  Previously, he was Associate Dean and research associate professor of Information Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where he taught and conducted research on disruptive military innovation.

During his twenty-eight year naval career, Captain Pierce USN commanded the USS Whidbey Island LSD-41, was Chief of Staff for Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet, Okinawa, Japan, and was speechwriter for Admiral Mike Boorda - Chief on Naval Operations.  As Commanding Officer of USS Whidbey Island LSD-41, he successfully integrated 100 women into a 1000 man warship and his warship was ranked best in its class in the Atlantic Fleet.  Dr. Pierce is author of the book, Warfighting and Disruptive Technologies: Disguising Innovation and he has published 26 award winning articles.  In 1992, the Navy awarded him the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement in addressing the subject of maneuver-warfare amphibious doctrine.

During his Navy career, he earned doctorate and masters degrees from Harvard, where he focused on private and public sector disruptive innovation.  He also earned a masters degree in national security affairs strategic planning from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Captain Pierce attended several warfighting schools including Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  His ship, USS Okinawa LPH-3, deployed to the Persian Gulf combat zone during the mid-1980s Iran-Iraq war.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit medal.

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