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U of M Technological Leadership Institute and Minnesota National Guard Partner to Train Croatian Military to Combat Cyber Threats | Technological Leadership Institute

Technological Leadership Institute faculty to deliver cyber threat intelligence course on Croatian military base 

August 11, 2016 - 8:45am

For the third consecutive year, faculty members from the Technological Leadership Institute’s (TLI) Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) degree program will travel to Croatia to train the country’s military on cyber security. 2016 marks 20 years of the National Guard's State Partnership Program, a mutual alliance with planning committees in both Minnesota and the Republic of Croatia who work together to improve and enrich the lives of everyone it touches.

“The State Partnership Program has become a key U.S. security cooperation tool, “says Mike Johnson, director of graduate students for the M.S. in Security Technologies degree program. “We are proud to have a role in this very important partnership.”

On August 16, 2016, MSST faculty members Jonathan Wrolstad and Darin Dutcher will convene on Croatia’s military base to deliver a week-long course on cyber threat intelligence.

“Cyber security is becoming an increasingly important topic internationally,” says Johnson. “TLI’s Cyber Threat Intelligence course provides forward-looking insights into all phases of the intelligence lifecycle: requirements development, collection, analysis methods and reports/briefings for organizational leaders to influence risk-based decisions.”

The State Partnership Program engages in a broad range of security cooperation activities to include homeland defense/security, disaster response/mitigation, consequence/crisis management, interagency cooperation and border/port/aviation security.

“Since Minnesota and Croatia partnered under the State Partnership Program, Minnesota and Croatia have participated in more than 100 bilateral military and civilian engagements,” said Col. Stephanie Horvath, Minnesota National Guard Chief Information Officer. “Thanks to TLI’s contributions we have been able to ensure our efforts are tailored to meet the objectives of the U.S. and our military partners in Croatia.”

Croatian military leaders have credited this State Partnership Program with helping their country obtain its status as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member in 2009 and into the European Union in 2013. To learn more about the technological leadership institute visit


The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota established in 1987 by an endowment from the Honeywell Foundation. TLI's mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology-intensive enterprises through its three Master of Science degree programs: Management of Technology (MOT), Security Technologies (MSST) and Medical Device Innovation (MDI). The Institute is one of 12 academic centers affiliated with the College of Science and Engineering, which is ranked among the top engineering and science degree programs in the country. To learn more about the Technological Leadership Institute please visit