Beginning with a memo to the President of NDU in June 2009, CJCS, Admiral Michael Mullen, sought assistance in developing expertise to support US efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan among senior US and foreign military officers. In accordance with the first memo, CJCS established the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand Program in August 2009 to develop "a cohort of experts who speak the local language, are culturally attuned, and are focused on the problem for an extended period of time". Further, Admiral Mullen spoke at a meeting of the NDU Board of Visitors in November 2009 emphasizing the need for the University to place its intellectual resources more directly in support of the ongoing war effort.The Eisenhower School responded by developing an integrated program embedded in its curriculum, drawing on the elective program, the Regional Security Studies Program, and local visits, all building on the senior leadership education conducted in the core curriculum. In the inaugural AY 2011 program, eleven military officers--six Army, two Air Force, two Navy, and one Marine officer were joined by one FBI, one State, two Department of Homeland Security and one Department of the Air Force Civilian to create a "whole of government" seminar. AY 2012 was similarly whole of government representation with 19 Fellows. The Joint Staff expanded the Eisenhower School Af-Pak Fellows program to include National War College and has designated 9 military officers to each college for AY 2013. The school will again recruit select candidates to round out the 2013 Fellows seminar. This program illustrates the adaptiveness and power of the curriculum, as the school's leadership has mobilized the academic enterprise to support the CJCS's highest priority: winning the current conflict. We expect to use this template in the future to address other geographic or functional priorities. The structure of the program by its very nature has strengthened Eisenhower School's engagement with institutions across NDU -- NESA, CISA, NWC, CCO, and CTNSP -- who have all played a role in the development and execution of this program. The template developed will prove powerful and adaptable in future areas of emphasis -- examples might include Mexico, or the nations impacted by the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. Foremost, the students participating in this Fellows program gain unparalleled insights into the policy process, at a time of national crisis when the interplay of strategy, politics, and military strategy provide enduring lessons for these senior leaders.
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