This July, The Institute of World Politics launched an intensive three-week program focused on providing company grade officers and senior NCOs a guided introduction to development of national security policy at the strategic and federal level. This initiative — called the Strategic Fellows Program — is designed to provide these officers with a deeper understanding of the various arts of statecraft so they can better discern, forecast, prevent, mitigate, manage, and, if necessary, prevail, in international conflicts.
Participants in the pilot program heard from many distinguished speakers, including Michelle Van Cleave, former head of U.S. counterintelligence; Dr. John Sheldon, Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, VA; and S. Eugene Poteat, President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Their time at IWP also included a meeting with General Raymond T. Odierno at the Pentagon.
Several IWP professors also participated in the program, offering insights on topics from American founding principles and Western moral tradition to cyber warfare, intelligence, and diplomacy.