Brian Bengs

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Brian Bengs
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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
History and Social Sciences
Criminal Justice (online)
Criminal Justice

LL.M., George Washington University, 2007

M.A., Louisiana Tech University, 2007

J.D., University of Iowa, 1996

B.A., Iowa State University, 1994


Originally from a small town in north-central Iowa, Professor Bengs joined the NSU faculty as an assistant professor of criminal justice for the 2016 fall semester. His LL.M. is in international law, and his M.A. and B.A. degrees are in history. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's  (JAG) Corps as a lieutenant colonel in July 2016. Before attending Iowa State University, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy assigned to the now-decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.


Courses Taught

CJUS 201  Introduction to Criminal Justice

POLS 210  State & Local Government

POLS/CJUS 207  Introduction to Homeland Security

POLS 320  Public Administration

CJUS 401  Law & Society

POLS/CJUS 403  Counterterrorism & Cybersecurity

CJUS 431  Criminal Law

CJUS 433  Criminal Procedure

POLS 454   International Law and Organizations

POLS 455  International Human Rights


Teaching Experience

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) School, Oberammergau, Germany, 2012-2015

International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, 2008

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2007-2010


Professional Experience

Chief of General Law – Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, 2015-2016

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate – U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 2010-2012

Deputy Legal Advisor – Combined Air & Space Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, 2010

Chief of Adverse Actions – Eighth Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, 2004-2006

Staff Judge Advocate – 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ali al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, 2004

Chief of Contracts Law – 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2002-2004

Criminal Defense Counsel – Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, 2000-2002

Chief of Military Justice – 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, 1997-2000




Right Bombs, Right Target: Law of Armed Conflict Instruction for United States Air Force Officer Candidates, 5 J. APPL. SECURITY RES. 397


Legal Constraints Upon the Use of a Tactical Nuclear Weapon Against the Natanz Nuclear Facility in Iran, 40 GEO. WASH. INT’L L. REV. 323


Dead on Arrival?  A Comparison of the Unidroit Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and U.S. Property Law, 6 TRANSNAT’L L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. 503 (1997)    


Other Education

Public International Law Summer Courses, The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 2014


Personal Interests

A fan of muscle cars, Mr. Bengs enjoys driving and working on his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda and 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8.  He is married to Jennifer Bengs, the academic advisor for the NSU School of Business. They reside in Aberdeen with their children and a pair of German Shepherd dogs.


Favorite Quotes


Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

-- Muhammad Ali


Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

-- Albert Einstein


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

-- Theodore Roosevelt



Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

-- Abraham Lincoln


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

-- Abraham Lincoln


Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

-- Bruce Lee



In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

-- Theodore Roosevelt


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

-- John F. Kennedy


Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

-- Harry S. Truman


Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

-- Stephen R. Covey