Former Congressman Teaching at School of Law

Posted: February 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

John Marsh, former secretary of the Army and a former congressman from Virginia, is a senior fellow at the National Center for Technology and Law and a distinguished professor at George Mason’s School of Law. He is currently teaching cyberterrorism and national security law at the Arlington Campus.

The course in cyberterrorism and national security law, taught by Marsh and adjunct professor Angeline Chen, examines government regulations that focus on establishing a national cyberdefense to combat a new breed of threat, cyberterrorism. Students analyze cyberterrorism as a growing concern: as technology continues to develop rapidly, it becomes increasingly difficult for the law to keep pace and anticipate dynamic situations. Some of the topics discussed during the semester include computer security, law enforcement and intelligence, information warfare, national security and emergency preparedness, computer crime, and privacy.

Marsh received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and after spending a decade in private practice, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962, where he was a member of the Appropriations Committee. Other positions he has held include assistant secretary of defense; national security advisor for Vice President Gerald Ford; counselor to President Ford; and secretary of the Army under President Ronald Reagan.

Marsh retired in 1989 with the longest tenure of any U.S. military secretary in history. He is currently a member of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, established by Congress and chaired by Virginia Gov. James Gilmore.

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