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SAIS and the Maxwell School to Administer the Department of Defense's Executive Education Program

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University were awarded a multiple year contract today by the Department of Defense (DoD) to design and deliver executive education programs for senior military and civilian leaders.

"For the past 15 years the Executive Management Development and Training Program has been an important forum for DoD leaders to debate international and national security, military strategy and management and leadership issues," said SAIS Dean Paul Wolfowitz. "This program is the product of a unique and powerful partnership that pools the resources and expertise of two of the nation's most prominent institutions devoted to professional training in public and international affairs. SAIS has a world-wide reputation in the field of international relations while Maxwell has been rated as the top school of public administration in the United States." Prior to today's announcement the program had been administered by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

"In this era of constant change and global uncertainty, there is a powerful need for creative thinking about our national security policy and role in the world. This unique partnership will help our future civilian and military leaders prepare for these challenges" said Maxwell Dean John Palmer.

The program will make use of innovative teaching techniques and lively curriculum materials that will create a dynamic learning environment. Training sessions will take place at Syracuse University in upstate New York and at facilities in the Baltimore/Washington area Leading academics from both schools, as well as former senior level government officials, will teach the seminars.

The program consists of three distinct courses that will be taught jointly by SAIS and the Maxwell School. The National Security Course, an eight-week introduction to national security policy intended for lieutenant colonels/colonels and civilian equivalents, will emphasize general managerial and analytical skills to meet the challenge of future interdisciplinary positions. The two-week National Security Leadership and Strategy Course, designed for recently promoted generals and admirals as well as senior civilian executives, will focus on the formulation of national security strategy. The seminar will address the various historical, economic, political and social forces which affect national security. The third seminar -- National Security Decision Making -- is a two-and-a-half day program designed for the most senior civilian and military leaders.

For more information, contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Public Affairs Office at 202.663.5626 or
[email protected].

Saturday, February 15, 1997
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Contact Person: 
Felisa Neuringer Klubes
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(202) 663.5626