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Collection of national leaders on tap for NMSU's 2009 Domenici Public Policy Conference

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright and former Sen. Pete Domenici himself are just a few of the speakers lined up for the 2009 Domenici Public Policy Conference, Sept. 16-17, at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center.



Sen. Chris Dodd and former Sen. Pete Domenici discuss the U.S. financial crisis during the 2008 Domenici Public Policy Conference at New Mexico State University. (NMSU Photo)

This is the second year of the conference, hosted by NMSU's Domenici Institute. Named for New Mexico's longest-serving senator, the institute brings together some of the best minds in the country to focus on significant national issues. This year's topics will include the U.S. economy and national debt, homeland security and the U.S./Mexico border, national security, and nuclear energy.

"For this conference, we are specifically targeting issues with a real impact on people across the country," said Garrey Carruthers, NMSU vice president for economic development and director of the Domenici Institute.

Napolitano will headline the session on homeland security and the U.S./Mexico border the first evening. The following day, Mexico's perspective on the issue will be covered.

Cartwright will speak during the session on national security along with former U.S. Congresswoman Heather Wilson. Wilson is also a former member of the National Security Council.

David Walker, former director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office will speak about the U.S. economy and the national debt. Alex Flint, senior vice president at the Nuclear Energy Institute, will speak about nuclear energy.

"We encourage everyone to participate in this event, said Ann Morgan, project manager for the Domenici Institute. "The public often doesn't have a chance to see and hear from this many people who create and influence policy in our country."

As in last year's conference, students from universities around the state, including NMSU, New Mexico Tech, the University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, Northern New Mexico College and New Mexico Highlands University will have a chance to interact with the conference speakers and ask about their views at the conclusion of each session.

Conference registration costs $25 and is available online at http://domenici.nmsu.edu. Student registration is free. For more information, call the Domenici Institute at 646-2066.