Aaron Chadbourne, Policy Advisor to Governor Paul LePage, of Augusta, Maine, participated in the U.S. Army War College 62nd Annual National Security Seminar (NSS) in Carlisle, PA, June 6-9, 2016.
Aaron Chadbourne was one of 160 business, government, academic and community leaders selected from across the country to take part in the week-long academic seminar alongside the students of the Army War College. During the special academic event, Chadbourne represented follow American citizens in discussions with the next generation of senior leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces that gave the senior military students a deeper understanding o the society they serve. The National Security Seminar was the capstone event of the Army War College’s 10-month curriculum, just before the Class of 2016 graduated with the Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
The NSS forum was structured around a daily presentation about an issue of significance to the nation’s security, followed by extended and candid discussion of topics within one of 24 seminars. Featured speakers for this year’s NSS included Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative from 2009-2013, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Career Diplomat and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2011-2012) and Iraq (2007-2009); Dr. Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School at Tufts and contributing editor for The Washington Post; and the Honorable Michèle Flourney, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2009-2012.
Aaron Chadbourne became a member of USAWC Seminar 16, comprising Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force officers at the rank of colonel or lieutenant colonel, a senior federal civilian, and three international offices, representing Armenia, Pakistan and Ukraine. He was invited to share perspectives, background, and experiences in seminar dialogue that enriched the students’ understanding of fellow Americans in the society they serve.
The Army War College resident class of 2016 includes 381 students who represent a cross-section of the joint military, federal agency and multinational security environment” 219 Army officers, 11 Navy, 26 Air Force, 16 Marine Corps officer and one Coast Guard officer of the Active / National Guard forces. The class includes 79 international officers from 73 countries, and 29 senior civilians of federal agencies.
The U.S. Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of land power. Established in 1901 in Washington D.C., the Army War College relocated in 1951 to historic Carlisle Barracks, PA and today it educates more than 1500 senior leaders and strategists annually through variety of specialized strategic education programs.