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The 63rd U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Annual National Security Seminar (NSS), 5 to 8 June, was the academic capstone event for the 2017 resident course with a theme of "Strategy in a Complex World." 146 guests from across the country participated in the NSS providing them an opportunity to gain an understanding of perspectives of the 380 USAWC resident course graduates including 74 international officers. The U.S. graduates are America's future strategic leaders, thinkers and advisors. International officers who have graduated from the USAWC have reached the highest levels of leadership in their respective countries. The NSS provided an opportunity for the American students to better understand the society they serve and for the international officers to gain an appreciation for the diverse opinions among the American population.
The NSS kicked off with an Icebreaker Reception for arriving guests at the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) on Sunday evening, June 4th. The NSS officially opened at the US Army War College on Monday, June 5th, with a formal welcome address in Bliss Hall Auditorium by the Commandant, Major General William Rapp, followed by NSS guests meeting with the students in one of 24 seminar groups. In the afternoon, retired U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker provided the keynote address and discussed the diplomatic instrument of national power. Ambassador Crocker, a former Career Ambassador in the United States Foreign Service, was the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan and Syria. That evening, each of the seminar groups gathered for dinner at various locations around Carlisle to socialize and review the day's events.
On Tuesday, Mr. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, provided his perspective on the informational instrument of national power. In the afternoon, NSS guests, students and faculty had the opportunity to attend one of four lectures presented by War College faculty:
NSS guests spent the remainder of the afternoon in seminar group discussion. The last event of the day was the Commandant's Reception, where students, faculty and NSS guests enjoyed a social mixer and had the opportunity to network with their seminar colleagues and guests.
On Wednesday, the Honorable Janine Davidson, the 32nd Under Secretary of the Navy, provided a thought provoking presentation on the current and future role of the military instrument of national power to the achievement of national security objectives. Following her presentation and the morning seminar session, U.S. Army War College historians led the NSS guests and their spouses on a Gettysburg Battlefield Staff Ride.
Thursday morning began with seminar discussions of the Gettysburg Staff Ride; a review of the week's learning points, followed by the week's final distinguished speaker - Professor Jeffry Frieden. Professor Frieden is the Stanfield Professor of Government at Harvard University specializing in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. His presentation - Globalization: past, present and future, provided an overview of the economic instrument of national power. The Commandant then closed the week with his concluding remarks, thanking the NSS participants for the part each played in making the event a noteworthy success.
The 2017 NSS was an engaging and thought-provoking week. NSS guests provided positive feedback, highlighting the opportunity they received in their seminar groups to discuss and debate issues, and to understand the perspective of rising military and government leaders. Keys to this year's NSS success were the diversity of the NSS guests and excellent distinguished speakers.