Strategic Leadership Experience

The Strategic Leader Development Program is a 3-day seminar focused on senior leadership.  The United States Army War College is dedicated to the understanding, practice and teaching of effective leadership.  It has produced many of the nation's premier strategic thinkers including General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, General Richard Myers, and General Raymond Odierno.  Now this same caliber of education and insight is available to select groups of business leaders through a strategic immersion experience.  Facilitated by U.S. Army War College faculty and utilizing the same methods provided to current students, participants gain insight to the strategic options and challenges relevant to both the U.S. Military and today's corporate environment.

This unique immersion program will take you from the barracks to the battlefield.  A customized curriculum provides the framework for the most intellectually-stimulating and relevant topics suited to your select group and your desired outcomes.  Central to this extraordinary mind-expanding experience is a "staff ride" of the Gettysburg battle sites, long considered to be the turning point of the Civil War.

Using the battlefield as a learning laboratory, military historians and leadership specialists make the human dimensions come alive.  By recognizing the strategic dilemmas facing leaders of the military and business, Gettysburg National Military Park becomes a tool for learning how to identify and address leadership challenges.

CEOs, COOs, Chief Administrative Officers, Executive VPs, Senior VPs and General Managers are the participants who engage in curriculum, such as, crafting strategy, ethics, strategic planning, leading and managing change, strategic leader self-awareness, executive health and wellness, crisis action simulation exercise, developing strategic leaders and more.  The experience takes place on the Gettysburg Battlefield and at the historic Carlisle Barracks, home of the U.S. Army War College.

The ideal size of a Staff Ride group is 15 - 25, as this permits a more intimate discussion among the participants, the Army War College faculty, and the Commandant of the College. However, the College has had up to 40 guests in previous staff rides. Without exception, this program has been extremely well received by individuals and other participating groups. For further information, please e-mail Dan Monken, Director for Development at dan.monken@usawc.org.




National Security Seminar

The National Security Seminar occurs during the first full week of June, immediately preceding graduation, and serves as the capstone event of the academic year. This event provides a forum in which distinguished speakers may discuss their views on issues of importance to the nation's security and welfare with the students, International Fellows, and faculty of the Army War College and invited guests from across the country. It provides an extended opportunity for a free and candid dialogue on these issues among the College students, faculty and invited guests. And finally, it enables representative American citizens to get to know some of the prospective leaders of the American armed forces and government and, in turn, permits the students to better understand the society they serve. 

Approximately 140 guests participate in the National Security Seminar each year. Guests are nominated by a variety of sources including previous attendees, students, staff and faculty, the War College Foundation, and Senior Army Leaders. They come from a cross-section of American life and represent a wide range of occupations, geographic regions, and age groups. In short, they are as diverse a group as possible. The College intentionally invites guests who do not have a background in national security affairs so as to encourage a free and frank exchange of different views among the guests and students. 

Approximately six NSS guests are assigned to each of the 23 student seminar groups. The guests are invited to become active participants in the discussions and are encouraged to probe and examine the seminar group's ideas vigorously and critically so as to give the students the benefits of their experience and perspectives. Guests are not expected to prepare for the Seminar week. Their individual backgrounds and experience, day-to-day awareness of key national and international issues, and personal commitment to the Nation more than suffice for seminar discussions. 

Each day includes a keynote speaker and a general theme for discussion. Generally, we open the seminar with an Army General Officer, currently serving or recently retired, to address the topic of defense issues and the future of the U.S. military. On subsequent days keynote addresses cover topics such as the challenges of civil-military relations, the role of domestic politics in national security, the importance of international development to global security, international security issues and the future role of the United States. Our keynote speakers are widely recognized and accomplished experts in their respective fields. 

Besides the keynote speakers and the seminar discussions, guests also have the opportunity for more informal discussions at several social events. These include the Welcome Reception sponsored by the Army War College Foundation, individual seminar socials, and the Commandant's Reception. In addition, they are provided the opportunity to take a "staff ride" to the Gettysburg Battlefield with our experienced historians. 

The nonattribution policy of the Army War College ensures that guest speakers, guests, students, and faculty may enjoy a comfortable, open, free and frank exchange of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. To learn more about the Department of National Security visit their website at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/dnss/index.htm



Strategic Leadership Experience

The Strategic Leader Development Program is a 3-day seminar focused on senior leadership.  The United States Army War College is dedicated to the understanding, practice and teaching of effective leadership.  It has produced many of the nation's premier strategic thinkers including General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, General Richard Myers, and General Raymond Odierno.  Now this same caliber of education and insight is available to select groups of business leaders through a strategic immersion experience.  Facilitated by U.S. Army War College faculty and utilizing the same methods provided to current students, participants gain insight to the strategic options and challenges relevant to both the U.S. Military and today's corporate environment.

This unique immersion program will take you from the barracks to the battlefield.  A customized curriculum provides the framework for the most intellectually-stimulating and relevant topics suited to your select group and your desired outcomes.  Central to this extraordinary mind-expanding experience is a "staff ride" of the Gettysburg battle sites, long considered to be the turning point of the Civil War.

Using the battlefield as a learning laboratory, military historians and leadership specialists make the human dimensions come alive.  By recognizing the strategic dilemmas facing leaders of the military and business, Gettysburg National Military Park becomes a tool for learning how to identify and address leadership challenges.

CEOs, COOs, Chief Administrative Officers, Executive VPs, Senior VPs and General Managers are the participants who engage in curriculum, such as, crafting strategy, ethics, strategic planning, leading and managing change, strategic leader self-awareness, executive health and wellness, crisis action simulation exercise, developing strategic leaders and more.  The experience takes place on the Gettysburg Battlefield and at the historic Carlisle Barracks, home of the U.S. Army War College.

The ideal size of a Staff Ride group is 15 - 25, as this permits a more intimate discussion among the participants, the Army War College faculty, and the Commandant of the College. However, the College has had up to 40 guests in previous staff rides. Without exception, this program has been extremely well received by individuals and other participating groups. For further information, please e-mail Dan Monken, Director for Development at dan.monken@usawc.org.




National Security Seminar

The National Security Seminar occurs during the first full week of June, immediately preceding graduation, and serves as the capstone event of the academic year. This event provides a forum in which distinguished speakers may discuss their views on issues of importance to the nation's security and welfare with the students, International Fellows, and faculty of the Army War College and invited guests from across the country. It provides an extended opportunity for a free and candid dialogue on these issues among the College students, faculty and invited guests. And finally, it enables representative American citizens to get to know some of the prospective leaders of the American armed forces and government and, in turn, permits the students to better understand the society they serve. 

Approximately 140 guests participate in the National Security Seminar each year. Guests are nominated by a variety of sources including previous attendees, students, staff and faculty, the War College Foundation, and Senior Army Leaders. They come from a cross-section of American life and represent a wide range of occupations, geographic regions, and age groups. In short, they are as diverse a group as possible. The College intentionally invites guests who do not have a background in national security affairs so as to encourage a free and frank exchange of different views among the guests and students. 

Approximately six NSS guests are assigned to each of the 23 student seminar groups. The guests are invited to become active participants in the discussions and are encouraged to probe and examine the seminar group's ideas vigorously and critically so as to give the students the benefits of their experience and perspectives. Guests are not expected to prepare for the Seminar week. Their individual backgrounds and experience, day-to-day awareness of key national and international issues, and personal commitment to the Nation more than suffice for seminar discussions. 

Each day includes a keynote speaker and a general theme for discussion. Generally, we open the seminar with an Army General Officer, currently serving or recently retired, to address the topic of defense issues and the future of the U.S. military. On subsequent days keynote addresses cover topics such as the challenges of civil-military relations, the role of domestic politics in national security, the importance of international development to global security, international security issues and the future role of the United States. Our keynote speakers are widely recognized and accomplished experts in their respective fields. 

Besides the keynote speakers and the seminar discussions, guests also have the opportunity for more informal discussions at several social events. These include the Welcome Reception sponsored by the Army War College Foundation, individual seminar socials, and the Commandant's Reception. In addition, they are provided the opportunity to take a "staff ride" to the Gettysburg Battlefield with our experienced historians. 

The nonattribution policy of the Army War College ensures that guest speakers, guests, students, and faculty may enjoy a comfortable, open, free and frank exchange of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. To learn more about the Department of National Security visit their website at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/dnss/index.htm