Lakehead University

Lakehead University

December 05, 2007 08:30 ET

Lakehead University Professor Collaborates With U.S. Military on Anti-Terrorism Research

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - In the New Year, Dr. Laure Paquette, a Lakehead University Political Science professor, will be working with an American military university to develop tools for understanding underdog strategies.

Paquette will conduct research with the Joint Special Operations University, a post-secondary military institution responsible for educating special operations forces from all branches of the U.S. military. "I'm going to focus on mistakes that underdogs like terrorists and other criminals make in their strategic thinking processes, and how to use those mistakes to save the lives of as many people as possible, whether they are civilian or military," says Paquette.

Paquette will travel for approximately nine weeks, interviewing military personnel, making at least one presentation, and writing a paper for wide distribution. All of this will take place during the winter 2008 term.

"Dr. Paquette's expertise is a great match for our current research priorities," says U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael C. McMahon, director of the JSOU Department of Strategic Studies. "We are happy to support a researcher of her international stature and reputation, and we look forward to making her findings widely available."

Dr. Paquette has lectured at military academies and staff colleges in Canada, China, South Korea, and Japan. Her defence-related research has been funded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as well as the Canadian, Japanese, and Taiwanese governments. She has published Bioterrorism and Health Services Administration, provided advice to the U.S. Air Force on its counterinsurgency doctrine, and is presently developing a guide to counterinsurgency training.

U.S. Special Operations Command established JSOU at Hurlburt Field, Fla. in 2000. JSOU is a focal point for meeting special operations forces unique educational needs and enhancing the understanding of special operations' utility to national security decision makers.

Media: Dr. Paquette (fluent in French) and Lt. Col. Michael C. McMahon are available for media interview. Please contact Dr. Paquette directly at 807-346-9657. Additionally, Lt. Col. Michael C. McMahon may be reached at 850-496-8612 (cell) or via Robert Schultz, Administrative Assistant, at 850-884-2765. For additional information about this media release, please contact: Heather Scott, Communications Officer, 343-8177,; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, 343-8372,

About Lakehead

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

About the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)

JSOU is a subordinate organization of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. The JSOU mission is to educate SOF executive, senior, and intermediate leaders and selected other national and international security decision makers, both military and civilian, through teaching, outreach, and research in the science and art of joint special operations. JSOU provides education to the men and women of SOF and to those who enable the SOF mission in a joint environment.

Contact Information

  • Lakehead University
    Dr. Paquette
    (807) 346-9657
    Lakehead University
    Heather Scott
    Communications Officer
    (807) 343-8177
    Lakehead University
    Eleanor Abaya
    Director of Communications
    (807) 343-8372
    Joint Special Operations University
    Lt. Col. Michael C. McMahon
    (850) 496-8612 (cell)
    Joint Special Operations University
    Robert Schultz
    Administrative Assistant
    (850) 884-2765