DVIDS – News – USAWC offers distance education students an immersive educational experience

Students in the distance learning program begin their immersive experience at the Army War College. In person for the first time since beginning their studies in August, students will participate in seminar discussions, meet their instructor professors, and hear from subject matter experts as part of their first-year resident course, June 21. on July 1.

The 374 USAWC students are part of a two-year program graduating in 2023. The class consists of 290 members of the Army, 9 Marine Corps, 9 Marines, 22 Air Force, and 36 federal civilians and members of the Congress staff. Eight international scholars are in the class from Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Ghana, Guyana, Spain, Sweden and Latvia.

While taking classes, most students balance their guard or reserve duties with their full-time civilian careers.

“We look forward to making the most of the next two weeks with you while you are here,” USAWC Commander Maj. Gen. David Hill said as he welcomed the class.

We’re going to show you the best about war academy, Hill said.

“The main thing I’m looking forward to is meeting my fellow seminarians and developing those relationships, as well as having this more immersive Army War College experience,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Shipman of the Arkansas National Guard.

During their two weeks at Carlisle Barracks, students will hear from internal and external subject matter experts who represent the best of thinking. Students will participate in a war game exercise, complemented by a negotiation exercise. Students will travel to the Gettysburg battlefield for a personnel tour – an experience of tactical, operational, and strategic leadership. Each day will be enhanced by an in-depth seminar dialogue.

“With the design of [First Year Resident Course]you get to know your classmates, and it facilitates dialogue and discussion as we move forward into our second year,” said Lt. Col. Jason Penn of the Kentucky Army National Guard.

“That’s one of the biggest benefits of being here in person and being able to do this for the next two weeks,” said Col. Heather Smigowski, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Distance Education and USAWC 2020 graduate of the distance program.

“I’m excited to see everyone in person and interact in person, rather than virtually, and see how everything turns around the corner in sophomore year,” said Cathy Wise, USAWC student and reserve captain. naval.

This two-week period marks a turning point. “[Students] move from theory to application… taking what they have learned over the past year and applying it to the world around them,” said Dr. Edward Kaplan, Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower.

“I look forward to exposure to things like foreign policy and international relations theory that I otherwise wouldn’t have had,” said Lt. Col. Charlie Heath of the Texas Army National Guard. . “I’ve never been to a world-class institution like this, so it’s very exciting to be here.”


Throughout the week, students heard from several keynote speakers. Retired General Carter Ham, former Commander of AFRICOM, shared his ideas and experiences of strategic leadership with the students. Hal Brands, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of global affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, told students how the Cold War can help us better understand the challenges facing the United States. with Russia and China.


During the two-week residency phase, students interviewed leaders from 16 different embassies and government agencies. In virtual sessions, students learned how these entities operate to accomplish their mission and how they help the military accomplish its mission.

As part of their immersive Carlisle experience, USAWC students met in small groups with experts from the Canadian Embassy, ​​Atlantic Council, International Atomic Energy Agency, and others, June 28 and 29.

Captain William Quinn, Acting Defense Attaché at the Canadian Embassy, ​​spoke to the students about the importance of the strong 64-year US-Canadian partnership, reinforced by shared values ​​and strategic goals. Together, the countries train, patrol northern and southern Arctic waters to ensure freedom of navigation, patrol the Caribbean Sea to intercept illegal narcotics, fight climate change and help the Ukraine to counter transregional threats.

“I have worked many times with Canadians, both in special operations and in the conventional force, at the operational level,” said Colonel Benjamin Sprouse, student. “I now have a better understanding, because I can contextualize this in their national interests at the strategic level.”

“Being able to assess the global strategic environment… not only being able to describe it, but also leveraging the interagency and international community to solve big, important problems is important for students who come here,” said Dave Price , faculty instructor.

Matthew Kroenig, Deputy Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council, spoke with students about the importance of simultaneously deterring Russia and China. Both are quasi-peer nuclear powers with a substantial impact on the global security environment. He then went on to explain how this can be achieved through resources, an overall free global defense strategy and nuclear deterrence.

Students heard from Tracy Brown, Public Information Officer, International Atomic Energy Agency, Liaison Officer, New York. She talked about the positive and negative implications of nuclear energy. It has enabled medical and agricultural advances, but when used by adversaries it poses a threat to global security. The IAEA plays an advisory rather than authoritarian role, helping countries assess whether they have the capabilities to sustain nuclear energy and providing frameworks on how to implement and use nuclear energy in completely safe.

“They have the literature, the background and the courses that lead to this,” said Colonel David Jenkins, director of the first-year resident course. “This is a culmination of experiences that synthesizes the national security literature and policies they have studied by allowing students to engage with subject matter experts.”

Leaders from the following agencies took the time to engage with USAWC students:

Canadian Embassy
Australian Embassy
german embassy
Heritage Institute
RAND Corp.
Peterson Institute
Atlantic Council
National Academies of Sciences
international atomic energy agency
Congressional Budget Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
United States Agency for International Development

Date taken: 07.01.2022
Date posted: 07.07.2022 15:47
Story ID: 424537

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