Wesley Herche

Global Security Initiative (GSI)

Global Security Initiative (GSI), Arizona State University

Dr. Wesley Herche is an executive staff member with the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University (ASU). He leads numerous efforts at GSI involving the building and managing of interdisciplinary research teams. His own research examines mitigation and adaptation of national security risks associated with climate and energy security. Additionally he serves as a cross-functional “bridge” and leader to the GSI affiliated faculty and research staff, as well as liaison in fostering relationships with government and private-sector entities outside of ASU in the security, defense, and intelligence communities. He has been an invited guest lecturer at the Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Lab as part of the “National Security Seminar Series: Cyber and Energy/Environment Concentrations”. Dr. Herche has published works on the topics of urban resilience in a military context, energy policy, and is a contributing case study author to the 2nd edition of Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems. Dr. Herche also recently created and developed the graduate course “Sustainability Strategies for Military and Defense” within the ASU School of Sustainability Master of Sustainability Leadership graduate degree program. Before coming to ASU, Dr. Herche spent most of his career in the US Defense and Intelligence Community including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Within the NGA, Dr. Herche worked as a Senior GEOINT Analyst and National Agency Representative serving in leadership positions within the US, a deployment to Iraq as Senior Data Manager for all coalition forces geospatial data, as well as non-temporary overseas tours as Senior GEOINT Officer at the Joint Narcotics Analysis Centre in London, UK and Senior GEOINT Officer to US Forces Japan at Yokota Air Base, Japan. While stationed at Yokota Air Base (2012-2014) Dr. Herche did extensive liaison and advising work with various components of the Japanese Self Defense Force including the Japan Ministry of Defense - Defense Intelligence Headquarters and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force - Central Geographical Command, and carried out weekly coordination visits with senior officials at the US Embassy in Tokyo. Dr. Herche earned his PhD in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University with a dissertation focusing on policy, geospatial, and market factors in the global renewable energy market. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Southern Illinois University, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus in international strategy.