GCMC Public Affairs Staff Report

ptss tease

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 22, 2014) – Protection of Olympians in Sochi, Russia, a changing terrorism landscape and more highlight a podcasted discussion in the latest podcast from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

The podcast “Marshall Center Conversations: Episode 2” takes time to speak with U.S. Army Col. Joseph King, director of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies; and U.S. Marines Corps Maj. Daryl Desimone, deputy director of the program.

“We’ve been watching this closely,” said King about the potential for terrorist activity at Sochi. “History has told us that these kinds of targets can be very attractive targets to these kinds of groups.”

Terrorism in the North Caucasus, which geographically is in Sochi’s backyard, is in the spotlight during the four-week Program on Terrorism and Security Studies that gathers counter terrorism professionals from all over the country. During the podcast, the duo talk about the agenda for the program and discuss the loss of the program’s founder, retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Nichols “Nick” Pratt to sudden illness in December 2013.

Pratt created the PTSS and ran it almost continuously since 2005. “Nick Pratt was a larger than life figure. A person like that is impossible to replace,” Desimone said, who worked for Pratt for two years. “He is definitely missed.”

The podcast runs about 23 minutes and is available via iTunes.

Also, the podcast is also available via the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Service.