BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IU-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP) honored its inaugural class of graduates on June 3, 2016 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. BG Maria Barrett, Deputy Commanding General for the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, U.S. Army Cyber Command, was the keynote speaker for the graduation event.
The IU-IDB SSFP is administered by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) in partnership with the Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) in the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) and the Kelley School of Business (KSB) at Indiana University (IU).
"We began this program five years ago in North Carolina. We're thrilled that, based on the success of the program there, we've been able to expand to Indiana University," said MG (Ret) Jim Hodge, President of the IDB. "The core focus of the program is to support the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Broadening Initiative. With IU's robust network of faculty with cybersecurity experience, we feel that we've not only met the call for broadening, but also provided students with a deeper understanding of cybersecurity that will be particularly relevant as these graduates advance in their careers."
About the SSFP Program
The three-week course is a graduate-level leadership seminar dedicated to broadening the ability of emerging military leaders to adapt to the increasingly uncertain and complex international environment, with an emphasis on cybersecurity. It is designed to enhance the critical and strategic thinking capabilities of U.S. Army officers, chief warrant officers, senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs), and federal government civilians. The core curriculum of the program includes: National Security Decision Making; Global Flash Points; Strategic and Business Communications; Negotiations; Information Security and Risk Management; Innovation and Management Strategy; Strategic Global Outlook; and Strategic View of the U.S. Government (non-DoD).
During this year's SSFP, Gen Victor Renuart, Jr., USAF (Ret), visited the class for a personal discussion with the students about current national security issues. Other highlights included a local corporate visit day where students met with senior leaders at the Indianapolis Colts and Rook Security, a managed security services provider for data and intellectual property, to discuss leadership across these two diverse cultures. Other highlights included lectures from the Faculty of SGIS, the Kelley School, and throughout the Bloomington campus.
Capstone Team Project
The program culminates with an applied strategic capstone team project, consisting of a team presentation and academic paper, demonstrating the students' application of the curriculum. At the end of the course, students presented their findings before a panel consisting of MG (Ret) Jim Hodge, President of the IDB; BG Maria Barrett, Deputy Commanding General for the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, U.S. Army Cyber Command; COL Christopher Croft, Sr., Director, Center for Army Leadership; CPT Jonathan Rupel, Cyber-Operations Officer, Indiana National Guard; and Dr. Scott Shackelford, Capstone Project Lead Faculty, Kelley School of Business.
Graduates received a joint certificate from IU and the IDB and membership into IDB's expansive alumni network.
The graduates are:
- 1SG Shannon Lacy, 369th Adjutant General Battalion
- CPT Russell Smith, Army University, Vice Provost for Learning Systems
- CPT Rachel Acciacca, Marine Corps Special Operations Command
- CPT from 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
- CPT Nathan Lubba, Jr., 91st Civil Affairs Battalion, Charlie Company
- CPT Andrew Malon, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1-91 Cavalry Squadron
- CW4 Kenneth Sinker, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division
- CPT Daniel Brady, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
- CW3 Heath Stamm, 3rd BN 314th Field Artillery, First Army
- CPT Jacinta Nelson, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, G3 Training
- CPT Steven Huckleberry, Operations Group, National Training Center
- MAJ Brian Canny, 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
- SSG Avery Hoxworth, 10th Regional Support Group, S2 Intelligence
- CPT Benjamin Meintel, 130th Theater Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- CPT Thomas Leiter, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
- CPT Jeff Klobucar, 25th Infantry Division, Combat Aviation Brigade
- 1SG Randy McCoin, 2nd Infantry Division (Combined)
- CPT Brian Schultz, Army Cyber Institute
- CPT Kirstin Aubele, Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 91st HHC
- CPT Mathew Young, U.S. Army Reserve Command, G-37 Training
- CW3 Cipriano Trujillo, U.S. Army Central Engineers
- MAJ Christina Gilroy, North Carolina National Guard
- MAJ David Crockett, Utah Army National Guard, 97th Aviation Troop Command
About the IDB
The IDB is a nonprofit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The Institute provides custom executive and degree-granting education programs for all career levels from the military and government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international organizations. IDB features curriculum in logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction. www.IDB.org
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