LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton was among three New Jersey civilian leaders who recently participated in the U.S. Army War College’s 63rd Annual National Security Seminar.
The special academic event — the capstone of the war college’s 10-month curriculum for its 2017 graduates — was attended by 160 persons from throughout the country representing business, government, academics and the community, who discussed significant national security issues with future and current leaders of the U.S. armed forces.
“It was a tremendous experience discussing significant national security issues with the best and brightest of the U.S. military and our allies,” said Wilton, the only Monmouth County representative to attend the seminar. As part of the seminar's application process, he was nominated by a colonel for participation.
Held in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., the four-day program in June also gave senior military leaders a deeper understanding of perspectives across American society, according to the college. Each day, a presentation on a top-priority national security issue was given, followed by extended and candid discussion of the topic within one of 24 seminars.
Featured speakers included: Ryan Crocker, former ambassador within the U.S. Foreign Service and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; David Sanger, chief Washington, D.C., correspondent for the New York Times; Janine Davidson, former undersecretary of the Navy; and Jeffry Frieden, professor of government at Harvard University.
The war college’s 2017 class was composed of 483 students who earned their master’s degree in strategic studies. They represented a cross-section of the joint military, federal agency and multinational security environment, including 227 officers from the Army, 26 from the Air Force, 16 from the Marine Corps, nine from the Navy, one from the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, the class included 74 international officers from 70 countries and 28 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, according to the college. Established in 1901, it also educates 2,500 senior leaders and strategists annually through a variety of strategic education and general officer education programs.
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