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Karen Gross of Gloucester, MA (1st row, 2nd from left) joined the U.S. Army War College student body for the National Security Seminar, June 5-9, 2022. Selected representatives from across the United States were invited to join the graduate-level seminar and exchange thoughts about national security topics in the capstone phase of the USAWC graduate program.
Carlisle Barracks, Pa. — Karen Gross of Gloucester, MA participated in the U.S. Army War College annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 5-9, 2022.
Gross was one of 168 business, government, academic and community leaders selected from across the country to take part in the week-long academic seminar alongside the students of the Army War College. During the special academic event, Gross represented fellow American citizens in discussions with the next generation of senior leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces. For the senior military leader-students, these exchanges enable a deeper understanding of perspectives from across the American society they serve. The National Security Seminar was the capstone event of the Army War College’s 10-month curriculum, just before the Class of 2022 graduation ceremony to confer the USAWC diploma and master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
The Army War College executive seminar introduces NSS participants to contemporary issues and the next generation of senior leaders in the US military and national security agencies. In turn, the US and international students learned diverse citizens’ perspectives on the nation’s priorities.
Each of the four NSS featured speakers addressed an Army national security priority: former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daadler, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on America’s role in the world; Prof. Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University Associate Dean, and Professor of Law & Policy, on future forecasting; retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, Director of the Heritage Foundation Center for National Defense, on the viability of a military career in the 21st century; and Mackenzie Eaglen, Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, on credible combat power.
National Security Seminar days are structured around daily presentations about an issue of national security significance, followed by candid discussion in a seminar with students representing the U.S. military students, representatives of US Government agencies, and international officers in the student body. NSS days provide guests with extensive academic and social interaction with Army War College students, who represent senior officers in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and other nations’ armed forces, with senior federal agency civilians.
The mission of the U. S. Army War College since 1901 is to enhance national and global security by developing ideas and educating US and international leaders to serve and lead at the strategic-enterprise level.
The Army War College resident education program, which sponsors NSS, is the signature program among its multiple education programs for strategists, senior leaders, and Army general officers.