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The Center for Strategic Leadership

The Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL)'s areas of emphasis are experiential education, Senior Leader education, support to Army Senior Leader research, and support to both US Army War College (USAWC) and Army Senior Leader strategic communication efforts. CSL's professional staff and facility host, support, develop, and conduct world-class events (workshops, symposia, conferences, games, and exercises) focused on a broad range of strategic leadership and national security issues and concepts in support of the USAWC, the Army, and the Interagency and Joint Communities.

Check out some of the things we've been working on!

2017 Black History Month

Please join us Wednesday, 15 February 1200 - 1300 in Bliss hall as we recognize local middle school, essay contest awardees for their essays on, "Crisis in Black Education".

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. - Booker T. Washington

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Futures Seminar: The United States Army in 2030 and Beyond

In 1994 the Army embarked on the Army After Next (AAN) study plan to explore new concepts and think innovatively about how the Army would fight in the future. Envisioned as way to develop the Army after Force XXI (thought to be the Army of 2025), the AAN project was chartered by the Chief of Staff of the Army and grew to involve a wide range of participants. The Army War College contributed to the AAN effort through strategic wargames, experimentation and student and faculty research. One of the initiatives was the AAN Seminar - a special program in Academic Year 1997 - composed of students who were interested in contributing to the development of the future Army.

The current Army War College Futures Seminar is loosely modeled on the AAN Seminar. As with the AAN seminar, Future Seminar students and faculty collaborate to explore the Army of the Future... in this case, the Army of 2030 and beyond. As with previous years, the seminar focused on the requirements for an Army of the future - and sought to explore the question:

"What kind of Army does the nation need in 2030 and beyond?"

This 3rd annual compendium is one output of their thoughts.

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ISCNE - Penn State students solve global crisis at Army War College simulation

A global crisis broke out at the Penn State School of International Affairs (SIA) over the weekend, and SIA students were the only ones who could solve it.

The International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise held at the School of International Affairs on Nov. 11 and 12, which was hosted and led by former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State Robin Raphel.

These kinds of exercises are very useful, as they force the students to take on the persona of another culture and government when approaching these complex issues. There was a lot of material to absorb, but the students did a wonderful job. - former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State Robin Raphel

About 50 SIA students participated, representing parties including India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, each with their own goals to accomplish and deal breakers they would refuse to accept.

Read the full article from news.psu.edu

Collins Center Update, Volume 18, Issues 3 & 4

The Collins Center Update is a quarterly newsletter detailing the activities of the Center for Strategic Leadership, United States Army War College. Articles in this double issue include, Basic Strategic Art Program Situation Report, C/JFLCC Course 3-16, USAWC Hosts International Analytical Exchange, Cyber Sovereignty - Operations Focus Workshop, The Human Dimension Department, Full Mobilization Wargame, Wargaming: Application of Innovative Approaches and Solutions, and the Department of Technology Integration (DTI) Update.

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U.S. Army War College Representatives speak on the Lehigh Valley's Community NPR Station

The Lehigh Valley Discourse host, Pamela Varkony, spent four days in early June attending the War College's 2016 National Security Seminar. What she learned is the topic on this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse. Joining Pamela from the U.S. Army War College is BRG George Schwartz, Deputy Commanding General - Reserve Affairs; Dr. Richard A. Lacquement, Jr., Dean; and CSL's own, Professor Bert Tussing, National Security Expert.

Visit wdiy.org to Listen!

Strategic Cyberspace Operations Guide, 1 June 2016

This publication provides a guide for U.S. Army War College students to understand design, planning, and execution of cyberspace operations at combatant commands (CCMDs), joint task forces (JTFs), and joint functional component commands. It combines existing U.S. Government Unclassified and "Releasable to the Public" documents into a single guide. The guide follows the operational design methodology and the joint operation planning process (JOPP) detailed in Joint Publication 5-0, Joint Operation Planning and applies these principles to the cyberspace domain found in Joint Publication 3-12(R), Cyberspace Operations. It also includes an overview of cyberspace strategies, guidance, and doctrine as well as a description of U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Joint, and Service cyberspace organizations.

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CSL's Prof Alan Bourque and MAJ Jason Warren Honored at the 2016 USAWC Faculty Awards


This year's faculty awards ceremony took place on the 25th of May. The faculty members receiving awards exemplify the very high standards of excellence that characterize the USAWC faculty overall. In all, 48 faculty members were recognized at the ceremony.

Prof Alan Bourque received the General George S. Patton Chair of Operational Research and Analysis. This chair is given to recognize the outstanding performance of a member of the USAWC faculty who has made significant contributions to the study of the strategic and operational levels of war.

MAJ Jason Warren was recognized for an Academic Promotion to Assistant Professor, as well as receiving the Excellence-in-Scholarship (Madigan) Award. This award annually recognizes the best scholarship that addresses topics related to the USAWC curriculum.

The USAWC Strategy Model in Moldova: Developing the Master's Course (Level II PME) for Military and Civilian Professionals


Beginning in 2009, a multinational team of NATO professional military education (PME) experts began providing assistance to the Republic of Moldova's Armed Forces at the Moldovan Military Institute (later Academy (MMA)) in Chisinau. The team's broad purpose was to help the Moldovan military adjust from a Soviet-style military educational system to one that more closely mirrored NATO and Western standards. First was revamping the "Basic Course," followed by the development, from scratch, of a senior officers' course, including a Master's degree (Level II) program, which was completed in a remarkably short time - less than two years between initial brainstorming and course start. That it took a "team effort" goes without saying. While the Moldovans could not have done it alone, MMA was at the epicenter of successful multiple efforts, all designed to modernize its PME to meet the demands of the 21st century operational environment.

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Futures Seminar 2015 - The United States Army in 2025 and Beyond, Vol. 2

Futures Seminar

The Academic Year 2015 (AY15) Futures Seminar elective at the U.S. Army War College encouraged students to examine a topic relevant to the development and implementation of Army initiatives in 2025 and beyond. Loosely modeled on a series of "Army After Next" studies conducted by U.S. Army War College students in the late 1990s, the course is designed to leverage student experience, research and thought to provide recommendations to senior Army leaders on key Army futures issues. The pathway for the AY15 Seminar was built upon our exploration of a central idea - a guiding principle. Grounded by the framework provided in the October 2014 Army Operating Concept, the Seminar explored the fundamental question:

"What kind of Army does the nation need in 2025 and beyond?"

This compendium represents 23 students' peek into the Army of 2025+. Some ideas and recommendations are specific and affect narrow slices of the Army; others are broad and span multiple services or components. Some are tactical; others strategic. Some very aspirational; others very practical. Regardless, they are the thoughts of strategic thinkers who have embraced their responsibility to help posture the enterprise for the future by thinking and writing about tough issues. The enterprise is better for their effort.

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