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Wesley Herche

Wesley Herche

Associate Director of Research, Global Security Initiative, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

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


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Director of Research, Global Security Initiative, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development


Dr. Wesley Herche is the Associate Director of Research 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 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 Intelligence Officer 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.

Spoken Languages:
French (elementary)


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2017
  • Chancellor's Certificate, Web Scripting and Interactivity, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2012
  • MBA, Global Strategy, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2012
  • BS, Geography, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2004


External Links

Journal Articles


Herche, W. 2017. Solar energy strategies in the U.S. utility market. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 77(Sep):590-595. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.028. (link )

Macintyre, C. R., . , M. Scotch, D. J. Heslop, A. B. Gumel, G. Poste, . , W. Herche, K. Steinhofel, S. Lim and A. Broom. 2017. Converging and emerging threats to health security. Environmental Systems and Decisions DOI: 10.1007/s10669-017-9667-0. (link )

Macintyre, C. R., G. Williams, W. Herche, L. Vigano, D. J. Heslop and T. Engells. 2017. Converging security threats in a changing world. Asia Pacific Security Magazine (03 July 2017):. (link )


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 )

Thesis (PhD)


Herche, W. 2017. Policy, Geospatial, and Market Factors in Solar Energy: A Gestalt Approach. PhD Dissertation. Arizona State University. (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