Future of U.S. Military to be Discussed March 17

March 02, 2011

Representatives from the U.S. Army War College will be on the University of Mount Union’s campus all day on Thursday, March 17 discussing national security and other public policy issues as a part of the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP). A forum-based panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.
 
According to its website, the U.S. Army War College represents the highest level of education offered by the military services. Located in Carlisle Barracks, PA, the college is designed to prepare selected senior officers and civilians with the competencies required of strategic leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 
Each year, senior strategic leaders from the U.S. Army War College participate in the ESCP and travel outside Carlisle Barracks to engage in discussion with the general public about issues regarding national security and the function of the U.S. military. Mount Union was selected among a list of elite institutions in the U.S. to be a part of the program’s 2011 tour. Other schools on the ESCP’s 2011 tour include the Texas Tech University, Auburn University and Seton Hall University, among others.
 
Five Army War College students will be discussing the “Future of the U.S. Military and Understanding Critical Issues of Our Time” at the panel discussion.  The presenters and their area of expertise, experience and interest include:
 
  • Lt. Col. Shane Conrad – “China, the U.S. and the Future”
  • Lt Col. Carl M. Jones – “Space Security: National Policy and Current Operations”
  • Commander Eric L. Mason – “Energy Independence: The Nuclear Challenge”
  • Lt. Col. David Rodriguez – “Is Pre-Emptive War Justifiable?”
  • Col. Richard Root – “Iraq: We Came, We Saw, We Conquered – Now What?”

Lt. Col. Shane ConradLt. Col. Carl M. JonesCommander Eric L. MasonLt. Col. David RodriquezCol. Richard Root

“This is a great program and it fits right in with our (Regula Center) mission, which is to arouse peoples’ interest in public service and civility,” said Harry Paidas, interim director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and co-chair of the Department of Communication. “When we were presented with this opportunity, we jumped at the chance to bring such important and distinguished experts to campus.”
 
The program is being supported by Mount Union’s Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.
 
“I think this program comes to campus at a very interesting time,” said Dr. Michael Grossman, chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies and professor of political science. Mount Union’s ROTC program is really taking off and it’s a big period of transformation for our military. The representatives who will be speaking are individuals who will at one point or another brief presidents and members of congress about what’s going on in the military.”
 
The amount of money spent on military endeavors alone in the U.S. makes it an important area to understand. According to Grossman, the 2011 military budget is more than $700 billion dollars, which can be a hard number to wrap your head around. After Medicare, Medicaid and social security, military is the single biggest budget expenditure for the U.S.
 
“This (program) will be good exposure of the current and future military climate for our students and the surrounding communities,” Grossman added. “Mount Union’s students within the ROTC Program will soon be entering the military and it’s important for them to know what their future is going to look like and what challenges they will inevitably face.”
 
Panel discussions complemented with a question and answer session are one of the best ways to create an environment for a thought-provoking and stimulating exchange of ideas.  This important aspect will provide attendees an opportunity to express their respective ideas in an orderly and considerate manner.  Though the members will address government policies, the views they express are their own, based on personal experience, research, academic study and reflection. 
  
More information about the U.S. Army War College
The U.S. Army War College grooms officers for future military leadership positions. Officers are board selected for admission, must hold a bachelor’s degree, have attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher and stand in the top 7% of the U.S. officer corps. Nearly 70% of the entering students hold graduate level degrees prior to admission.
 
Students within the college examine national security issues and strategy development, regional affairs, current and future challenges for national defense and the responsibilities of senior-level command. Students who successfully complete of all the requirements established by the Army War College will earn a master of strategic studies degree.
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