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FAL 2016

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2 8 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Strategic Broadening Seminars — intense, focused courses that give soldiers the opportunity to expand their horizons in a civilian setting and strengthen their strategic thinking and leadership skills. One of only a handful of universities in the country chosen to do so, UofL has hosted the program annually since 2014. Designed to capitalize on UofL's unique strengths, the curriculum focuses on three key themes — leadership, Constitutional government and the international security environment — and draws on faculty expertise from the McConnell Center and the Center for Asian Democracy, as well as Political Science, History, Liberal Studies and Asian Studies departments. During the intense 30-day course, the 30 soldiers in the program study political thinkers such as Thucydides, Plato, Machi- avelli, Sun Tzu and Alexis de Tocqueville, as well as the Federalist Papers and the U.S. Constitution to aid in discussions of the challenges of democracy and the essential qualities of political and military leadership. "We take classical political philosophy and we try to make it relevant to them and let them wrestle with these big concepts of what it takes for a democracy to work and the responsibilities of leadership," said Gregg, who designed the program. That the soldiers engage with the Con- stitution in a deep and meaningful way was critical to Gregg. "All soldiers take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution," he explained. "And so I thought it was impor- tant for them to seriously read and think about the American Constitution. We talk about separation of powers, war powers, the history of the Constitution, the evolu- tion of it in practice. It's been a really terrific part of the program." Soldiers also take an in-depth look at the political dynamics, economic issues and cultural environment of Asian countries, most notably China. The soldiers then divide into groups and delve into a topic from the Army War College's annual Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL), aided by a faculty mentor. Teams research their topic, devise solutions, write a paper and then present their findings in a briefing to an Army general. More than 20 distinguished military and academic leaders, including UofL faculty, engage with the soldiers through a mixture of seminars, lectures and negotiation simulations. Past speakers UofL Prof. John Hale brought his expertise in ancient warfare to the SBS program. The SBS program enables soldiers to broaden their strategic thinking skills in a civilian setting. Capt. Gary Loten-Beckford, right, presents McConnell Center represen- tatives Gary Gregg and GlyptusAnn Grider Jones with a commemorative plaque during SBS graduation.

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