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Wesley Herche

Wesley Herche
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Arizona State University
PO Box 878409
Tempe, AZ 85287-8409

Wes Herche is a Research Scientist at Arizona State University (ASU) with the Global Security Initiative (GSI), conducting interdisciplinary research in the anticipation and mitigation 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 staff who represent a diverse array of academic research backgrounds and disciplines, and as a University liaison fostering relationships with government and private-sector entities outside of ASU in the defense, intelligence, and energy spaces.  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”.  Mr. Herche has published works on the topics of urban resilience in a military context, energy policy, the food-energy-water nexus, and is a contributing case-study author for the 2nd edition of Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems.  Mr. Herche also created and developed the graduate course “Sustainability Strategies for Military and Defense” for the ASU School of Sustainability Master of Sustainability Leadership graduate degree program.  He has served as a special advisor for the security and defense related graduate degree programs within various ASU Schools. 

Before coming to ASU, Mr. Herche spent nearly a decade working in the US Defense and Intelligence Community including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Within the NGA, Mr. Herche worked as a Senior GEOINT Analyst and National Agency Representative serving in positions within the US, a deployment to Iraq as Senior Data Manager for the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence, as well as non-temporary overseas tours as Senior GEOINT Officer to US Forces Japan at Yokota Air Base and Senior GEOINT Officer at the Joint Narcotics Analysis Centre in London, UK. Mr. Herche also traveled extensively within the US and to allied foreign defense and intelligence entities within the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Japan as part of an inter-agency joint Intelligence training team.  Within this interdisciplinary training team he served as the lead instructor for social software and geospatial-intelligence analysis, and developed and delivered both formal courses and highly adaptive mission-scenario modules to joint military and civilian students.  Mr. Herche holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  He is currently working to finish his PhD in global energy sustainability and security within the ASU School of Sustainability. 

Spoken Languages:
French (elementary)

MBA, Global Strategy, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2012

Chancellor's Certificate, Web Scripting and Interactivity, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2012

BS, Geography, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2004

Journal Articles


Shutters, S. T., W. Herche and E. King. 2016. Anticipatory megacity responses to shocks: Using urban integration and connectedness to assess resilience. Small Wars Journal 12(2):. (link )

Civilian Service Recognition Award, US Forces, Japan, 2014

Civilian Service Recognition Award, US Coast Guard Far East Activities, 2013

Semifinalist Hult Prize Global Challenge/Clinton Global Initiative, Sustainable Solutions to Global Energy Policy, 2012

Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2010

Global War on Terror Civilian Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2010

Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2009

Global War on Terror Civilian Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2009

Distinguished Senior Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, US Transportation Command, 2009