The second Strategy Essential Course is set to take place in Washington DC from 24 March until 12 April 2019. The inaugural course was a huge success. Based on feedback and demand, a third week was added to concentrate on strategic resourcing for this next iteration. It will be held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.
The multi-week course includes seminar-based instruction, exercises and site visits. The highly interactive nature of the course equips students to operate in a joint, interagency and international environment to formulate resource and implement effective national security strategies. Aimed at mid-career professionals, the course is a first offering that enables professionals to operate in the strategic environment and establishes a basis for professional development through follow on education and assignments.
LTG (Ret) James Dubik has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our opening banquet and LTG (Ret) David Barno, former Commander of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan has agreed to speak to the class on trends in future warfare. We are continuing our partnership with Motive International as they present a three-day version of their successful “Transforming Crisis Systems” curriculum to our students.
And finally, we are pleased to announce that COL (Ret) Michael Linick of RAND has agreed to run our students through a 2-day culminating exercise that considers options for the Department of Defense (DoD) force posture, size, readiness and modernization. It will force students to expand their mental models away from their current portfolios and consider DoD from a global and strategic vantage point.