ADVANCED STRATEGIC ART PROGRAM
The Advanced Strategic Art Program (ASAP) is for 14-16 competitively selected national security professionals in the USAWC Resident class. By following the evolution of warfare from the Peloponnesian War to the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah conflict and trends into the future, U.S. officers and civilians gain an appreciation of the patterns of conflict and their application to strategic planning in support of national security objectives. In addition to a Staff Ride of Vicksburg, the program takes participants on a Staff Ride of Operation HUSKY (invasion of Sicily) and Operation OVERLORD (invasion of Normandy). Before the trip, participants prepare oral presentations on the background and context to these two operations and read over 1000 pages devoted to the preparation, execution, and results. While the Staff Ride itself is led by USAWC faculty, participants prepare additional oral presentations in order to lead the group dialogue at various stops. The objectives are that students synthesize and refine their understanding of the nature of strategic-level leadership, with particular emphasis on the difficulties involved in translating policy and political guidance into viable military plans and operations. Support for this program comes to the Foundation from BAE Systems.