Senior Lecturer of Information Sciences and Technology
Academic Program Coordinator, Homeland Security MPS
Ph.D., Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics), Penn State 1997
M.A., Political Science (International Relations), Penn State 1984
B.A., History with honors, Penn State 1982
Dr. Peter K. Forster is Associate Dean for Online and Professional Education and a member of the graduate faculty, in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) and has affiliate status with the School of International Affairs and the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF), an IST-based research center.
Dr. Forster’s primary areas of interest are terrorism/counter-terrorism, risk and crisis management, international relations and national security and homeland security. Since 2010, Dr. Forster has been the principle investigator on a grant exploring how broadband technologies may be used to improve law enforcement’s situational awareness of major issues such as human trafficking and is a faculty adviser on an initiative to re-develop the MINDS group crisis management simulation. He is the co-chair of the NATO/OSCE Partnership for Peace Consortium Combating Terrorism Working Group which brings academics and practitioners together to examine the global aspects of terrorism and its impact. Most recently, Forster helped develop and facilitate a tabletop exercise involving representatives from 40 countries to address the Foreign Terrorist Fighter threat (listen to a discussion: (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3ooaueBkDnrZkxWYUJkZGVfcG8/view?usp=sharing)) During his career, Dr. Forster has been involved in security sector reform initiatives including defense institution building in the Caucasus and South Central Europe as well as consulting on national distance education initiatives in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is the co-author and contributing author to books on NATO’s military burden sharing and intervention including most recently Multinational Military Intervention, Stephen J. Cimbala & Peter K. Forster and Policy, Strategy & War: The George W. Bush Defense Program, Stephen J. Cimbala ed. He also has published articles on technology and terrorism, homeland security, and American foreign policy and interests in Central Asia and the Caucasus. His current research focus is evolution of terrorists’ use of on-line and mobile technologies in a variety of aspects including the development of a tabletop exercise to identify indicators and warnings of foreign terrorist fighter threats.
Dr. Forster teaches courses on crisis and risk management, terrorism, the impact of information on 21st century society, war and conflict, and the international relations of the Middle East. Prior to joining IST, Peter worked in a number of administrative position with Penn State’s World Campus contributing to original plan that saw Penn State transition to online learning environment and subsequently to its strategic development.