U.S. Army personnel welcomed to UNC-Chapel Hill for strategic broadening seminar

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U.S. Army personnel welcomed to UNC-Chapel Hill for strategic broadening seminar


(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 19, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hosting 51 U.S. Army officers, warrant officers, senior non-commissioned officers and civilians for a four-week strategic broadening seminar from July 11 to Aug. 6 as part of a longstanding partnership with the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB). This is the fifth consecutive year the IDB has run this program in collaboration with Carolina and is another way the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports the armed services.


The goal of this graduate-level seminar, known as the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP), is to teach Army leaders to think strategically about national security issues. The curriculum blends an in-depth overview of domestic and foreign national security strategy with complementary sessions in innovation, media relations and crisis communications, negotiations, professional development and strategic decision-making.


“This program is an opportunity for students to broaden their leadership skills by learning to think beyond the tactical and operational level and evaluate challenges from a strategic standpoint,” said retired Maj. Gen. Jim Hodge, USA, President of the IDB. “These fellows will be challenged to step outside their comfort zone, and I know this outstanding group will rise to the occasion.”


The UNC-IDB SSFP is managed by the IDB, leveraging faculty from the curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University.


In addition to the coursework, students will collaborate in small groups to complete a capstone project, including an academic paper and presentation, which demonstrates the application of the curriculum to a variety of national security scenarios at play across the world today. During the final week of the program, students will present their projects to a distinguished panel of leaders from the Army, the IDB, and academia.


Carolina has a proud tradition of supporting active duty and retired military and their spouses with programming that creates new opportunities and personal growth.


To assist veterans at Carolina, the university created a Student Veteran Assistance Coordinator, a full-time position in the Office of the Dean of Students, who works collaboratively with professionals across the university, state and local communities to help veterans navigate the higher education process and learn about resources specific to veterans and established the Green Zone Training Program, which educates faculty and staff about issues facing veterans.


Programs associated with educational opportunities at Carolina range from UNC CORE, a program designed to accelerate higher education opportunities for North Carolina active duty military, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, to the UNC School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) master’s degree program, which was designed with input from the United States Army Special Operations Command team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The program’s unique mission includes recruiting non-traditional students, particularly veterans with medical experience; providing training in under-served areas; and pursuing public-private and public-military partnerships.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


About the IDB

The IDB is a nonprofit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The Institute provides custom executive and degree-granting education programs for all career levels from the military and government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international organizations. IDB features curriculum in logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction. www.IDB.org


Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jim Gregory, (919) 445-8555, jim.gregory@unc.edu