CGSC Foundation Alumni, Friends, and Supporters –
Greetings and Happy New Year from the CGSC Foundation! I want to take an opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support. Last year was extremely busy and brought with it many challenges and changes for the Foundation. We are proud of the success of the many programs and activities that the Foundation sponsored or supported for the Command and General Staff College over the past year.
We begin 2024 with a renewed commitment to our mission as we continue the high operational tempo of last year. The first effort we began in the new year was the kickoff of our competitive scholarship program. The window for applications opened Jan. 8. The competition is only open to immediate family members (spouses, children, and grandchildren) of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College alumni and others who are Life Members of the Foundation’s Alumni Association. The 2024 scholarship awards include cash scholarships of $5000, $1000, and $500 to students who are beginning or continuing their college studies. Park University has joined us again in this program in offering three $5000 scholarships for qualified applicants. The deadline for applications is March 15. Read more about the program and download the application on our Scholarship page.
On Jan. 18, the Simons Center kicked off our outreach programs with the first of a full slate of Arter-Rowland National Security Forum luncheons for the year held in Kansas City. In February the forum will welcome Brian Steed, Associate Professor of Military History at the Command and General Staff College to discuss the current crisis in the Middle East. In March the forum will be joined by senior leaders from the Department of Energy’s National Security Campus in Kansas City. Our outreach efforts will extend northward in April with our Des Moines National Security Forum with a presentation by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bob Caslen.
From March 4-6, we will host our National Security Roundtable (NSRT) here in the College. In this program civilian business and community leaders from around the country will be partnered with CGSC students and led by CGSC faculty through a full program of seminars, panels, and briefings centered on our theme – “Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Warfare.” In addition, our guests will attend a morning of classes with their student escorts. The NSRT provides the opportunity for our guests to gain an appreciation of the competence and professionalism of CGSC students and faculty and also helps them understand the role of Fort Leavenworth and CGSC in the professional military education of leaders for the nation. In turn, CGSC students and faculty develop a better appreciation for the challenges confronting business and community leaders and how they approach decision making and problem solving.
This spring, we will also host our first two of four Distinguished Speaker Series dinner events in Leavenworth. The Distinguished Speaker Series presentations cover a wide spectrum of national security, military readiness and historical topics. Through the series, the Foundation engages our local community members with presentations by recognized subject matter experts and leading faculty members of the Command and General Staff College.
In April, the Foundation will co-sponsor the CGSC Military Ethics Symposium with the Command and General Staff College. This critical event will foster dialogue among academics and practitioners about ethical character in modern warfare as it relates to human and non-human tensions. We will be joined during the conference by Dr. Shannon E. French, the CGSC Foundation’s General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Chair of Ethics and Senior Research Fellow of the Simons Center. Dr. French serves as the director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and a tenured member of the philosophy department with a secondary appointment in the law school at Case Western Reserve University.
Look for our spring edition of the Foundation News magazine for updates on each of our events and programs. If you have ever donated or supported the Foundation you are on our mailing list. If you’ want to be added to the mailing list, please consider joining our Alumni Association, making a contribution to support us, or attending one of our Distinguished Speaker Series events.
I wish you all the best in the coming year!
Interim President/Chief Executive Officer
CGSC Foundation, Inc.