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

LL.M., George Washington University

M.A., Louisiana Tech University

J.D., University of Iowa

B.A., Iowa State University


Originally from a small town in north-central Iowa, Mr. Bengs joined the NSU faculty as an assistant professor of criminal justice for the 2016 fall semester. He earned a legum magister degree in international law from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a master of arts degree in history from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., in 2007; a juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in 1996; and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1994.


Mr. Bengs retired from the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's  (JAG) Corps as a lieutenant colonel in July 2016. He also had 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 292 Introduction to Homeland Security

POLS 320 Public Administration

CJUS 401 Law & Society

CJUS 431 Criminal Law

CJUS 433 Criminal Procedure

CJUS 492   Public International Law

CJUS 492  Modern Human Rights

CJUS 492  Counterterrorism & Cybersecurity


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.