Introducing PASS:PORT at IWP - Professional Advancement for Security Strategists

June 26, 2012  |  PRESS RELEASES

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Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the launch of PASS:PORT (Professional Advancement for Security Strategists: Program on Reducing Threats), an accelerated seminar series which seeks 21st century solutions to the challenges facing the whole of government and the training of its key civilian national security personnel. During this critical time of budget cuts, force reductions, and regional realignments that dominate the horizon, our Government will demand expanded capability, creativity, and agility in its workforce.

The PASS:PORT series and offerings of presentations, discussions, and offsite instruction are designed to expand the knowledge base and create a network of key personnel identified by US Government organizations as critical to the advancement of the national security mission. It will seek to leverage the diversity of DC's strategists, intelligence officers, national security professionals, force management, foreign affairs personnel, and others in critical leadership positions identified as responsible and accountable for our Nation's strategic thinking and engagement to arrive at unique solutions and shape our shared future.

General PASS:PORT discussion strategy points for 2012-2013 will include:

  • Cyber warfare
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence and counterintelligence
  • Challenges from China and Russia
  • Current events, defined by real time

Targeted discussions and interactions will focus on the above issues through the following prisms:

  • Psychological Strategy: What it means and why it's important
  • Threat Doctrine: Early warning and how to turn threats against themselves
  • Strategic Communication: How the US can take and maintain the lead and the initiative
  • High Impact, Low Cost solutions

Topics will be presented over the course of 8 evening seminars and 3 weekend offsite retreats in the DC area, structured and designed to ensure high levels of interaction outside the calendar of daily routine requirements and professional time demands. The series will consume a full academic year from September 2012 until June 2013, and will culminate in a capstone experience which serves as a catalyst for adaptive activity, full spectrum action, and integrated understandings.

We encourage you to invite, nominate, and/or sponsor up to five (5) applications of those under your command, supervision or direction or in your affiliated circles of activity. The cost for each participant, inclusive of written materials, meals, and weekend offsite lodging, is $9200.

For more information or to suggest other points of contact, visit Nominations and applications will be accepted from July 2-August 27, 2012. Late applications will be reviewed on a space available basis until August 31st. Nominees will be asked to provide current CVs or resumes online, and final selections will be announced no later than Labor Day 2012. Payment will be expected to be received as candidates are selected and notified, and a waiting list will be maintained in the event substitutions are necessary for those still wishing to attend. PASS:PORT encourages participation of individuals from a variety of backgrounds as well as organizations; however, PASS:PORT is seeking civilians who are in accountable, decision-making positions, or are expected to be in the next 3-10 years, based on excellent past performance and a demonstrated capacity to think critically.

Primary point of contact for this program is Linda Strating, Director of Professional Affiliations and External Programs for IWP:, or by phone to 202.462.2101.

Sincerely yours,
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J. Michael Waller, PhD
Annenberg Professor of International Communication
The Institute of World Politics
Program Director, PASS:PORT