IU-IDB SSFP

IU-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program

Examine strategic national security issues, global hot spots, and decision making at a strategic level from a non-military and cybersecurity lens. During this graduate-level course, you are immersed back into a college learning atmosphere for three weeks at Indiana University’s beautiful Bloomington campus.

Participants graduate with a newfound understanding of the critical thinking and decision making skills necessary to navigate today’s complex national security landscape.

Benefits:

  • Broaden your national security aperture
  • Understand the strategic impacts cybersecurity has on the U.S. and abroad
  • Enhance your critical thinking and decision-making skills to prepare for leadership responsibilities
  • Learn from strategic national security leaders across government, military, private sector, and academia
  • Establish and grow a diverse professional network

Curriculum:

You are immersed into a robust campus experience that maintains a healthy student to faculty ratio. The class participate in discussions and debates, leveraging their own professional experience with the lessons and experiences of the faculty and speakers as it applies to the US foreign policy and national security realm.  Along with learning, the students also exercise their personal skill sets throughout the program, which enhances their overall professional development.

The IU-IDB SSFP curriculum’s core themes are:

Cybersecurity

One of the most pressing challenges facing leaders in both the public and private sector is the weaponization and criminalization of cyber capabilities. Whether it’s a disinformation campaign waged by a near-peer adversary or the theft of credit card information, it is now clear that cybersecurity is now and will be a major element of national security and business strategy going forward. Fellows will explore the offensive and defensive tools of cybersecurity, discuss the laws of war and governance as they apply in cyberspace, and visit cutting edge facilities that are responsible for data protection, utilization, and storage.

Sample topics: Global Cybersecurity Governance, U.S. Cybersecurity Law and Policy, Information Security and Risk Management

National Security Decision Making: Theory and Practice

As the senior leaders of tomorrow, the Fellows will need a firm grasp on the past, present, and future of important issues impacting the defense sector.  Future leaders must understand the impetus behind the decisions of the past and what leaders now are considering for issues of the future. The national security courses will put these considerations and issues into context as well as oblige the students to think strategically and critically about these issues.

Sample topics: National Decision Making Structures, Grand Strategy and National Security, America’s Role in the World: An All of Government Approach

Strategic Communication

Leaders must be able to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas, and directives not only to peers, bosses, and employees within their organization, but to those audiences external to their organization (including the media, collaborating organizations, and other unrelated, but interested, audiences). Throughout the SSFP, our faculty will provide the tools and practices necessary to communicate effectively within each of those environments.

Sample Topics: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Communicating Effectively: Executive Presence, Crises Management and Communication

Strategic Global Outlook

As long as the United States continues to have a global presence, it will be vital for leaders in the military and defense sector to have a current and clear comprehension of international affairs. Crucially, an understanding of the global environment will allow future leaders to better predict where the next conflict, disaster, or problem state will emerge and allow them to better prepare the nation’s defense for these potential conflicts and missions.

Sample topics: The U.S. and Russia: A Return of the Cold War?, South China Sea: Dangers and Prospects of Escalation, The Collapse of Political Order in the Middle East

Strategic View of the U.S. Government (Non-DoD)

As the U.S. military and defense sector continue to expand beyond traditional roles to nation building and disaster response, an understanding of the organizations that will be working with the military and defense sector on these tasks is imperative. SSFP courses explain the roles, overlaps, and intricacies of many of these organizations.

Sample topics: Intelligence and National Security, Civil-Military Relations

Capstone Team Project

In addition to graduate-level course work, the Fellows will engage in a capstone-applied learning project with their classmates. The goal of this team project is to allow the students to collaborate and work through difficult issues currently affecting the U.S. defense sector and will continue to affect this realm long term. The topics are consulted with senior military leadership and the final projects will be briefed to a panel that will include several of these senior leaders.

Upon graduation, the students will receive a joint certificate from the IDB and IU and membership into the growing alumni network of the Institute for Defense and Business.

 

Participant Profile:

IU-IDB SSFP is designed for students with the following qualifications and qualities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • O-3 to O-4 Officers, W-3 to W-4 Warrant Officers, and E-7 to E-9 Non-Commissioned Officers from all military services (across branches); GS-10 to GS-14 Government Civilians; and Private Sector Managers with equivalent experience
  • An intense desire to advance to greater levels of responsibility
  • The propensity to learn and have a desire to expand his or her perspective as a mid-career professional
  • A candidate with high-potential and a strong desire to make an impact

If you fit this profile and are interested in attending a future offering of the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program, please contact Zebrina Warner, Program Director.

Faculty:

Faculty members and speakers for this program join us from many different departments and schools at Indiana University as well as from other schools and the private sector.  The two core instructors are Professor David Bosco for the National Security and Global Flashpoint portion and Dr. Scott Shackelford for the Cybersecurity and Team Projects portion of the program. Both are esteemed professors in the academic realm of National Security. The faculty members that complement the weekly themes hold both the academic and personal experiences to discuss these topics.  Their innovative methods and thinking styles will expose you as a student to the insight of how to strategically think and operate in a high-level atmosphere.

Program Staff:

Zebrina Leung Warner

Program Director

Partnerships:

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) has enjoyed the collaborative nature of this program, which is a result of a robust partnership that has lasted over 15 years.

IDB administers the development and delivery of the IU-IDB SSFP curriculum in cooperation with Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) and Kelley School of Business (KSB).

This program is unique in that it offers interdisciplinary perspectives and opportunities for the students to learn from.

 

Tuition & Credits:

Tuition (Includes all meals and lodging): $11,200

Graduates receive a joint certificate from IDB, Indiana University’s Schools of Global and International Studies and Kelley School of Business along with 1.5 graduate credit hours from Indiana University.

Enrollment:

 

Military Students

Military students are either centrally funded or funded by their units. The sponsoring military entity normally selects the students and submits an application package to be approved by the IDB.

Private Sector or Self-Selected Students

If you are interested in sponsoring yourself, please contact the program office for more information.

Zebrina Warner
warner@idb.org
Program Director
Institute for Defense & Business

Bob Worsham
worsham.ctr@idb.org
Senior Account Manager
Institute for Defense & Business
(302) 547-8850

What to Expect:

Daily Schedules

The majority of your day will consist of going to class, reading in preparation for class, and working with your team on your action learning projects. On average, classes are three to four hours a day. There are many days that classes can add up to six hours long, based on the topics and speakers. During class, you are given the opportunity to delve into your personal experiences and the knowledge you gained from the readings to debate high-level strategic concepts and theories with renowned faculty members. Blocks of time will be set aside each day for both Independent Study and for Team Project Group Work.

Sample Daily Itinerary

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Independent Study
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Class A
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch On or Off Campus
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Class B
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Team Project Work
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
After Dinner Evening Independent Study

Faculty

The faculty members and speakers of this program are pulled from across departments and schools at Indiana University as well as from other schools and the private sector.  The two core instructors are Professor David Bosco for the National Security and Global Flashpoint portion and Dr. Scott Shackelford for the Cybersecurity and Team Projects portion of the program. Both are esteemed professors in the academic realm of National Security. The faculty members that complement the weekly themes hold both the academic and personal experiences to discuss these topics.  Their innovative methods and thinking styles will expose you as a student to the insight of how to strategically think and operate in a high-level atmosphere.

Reading

Over the course of three weeks, you will read scholarly articles, official government documents, and/or excerpts from books. The reading is selected by the faculty members to ensure that it correlates to the classes and sessions you will attend. The readings will provide all students a solid foundation of knowledge needed to engage and participate in the lectures and presentations.

Team Project

During the first week of the program, students will be separated into teams of approximately five members for this action learning project for a key sponsor, the Indiana National Guard. Each team will be given a topic related to Cybersecurity and the team is expected to spend the three weeks researching the issue with the end goal of proposing possible strategic solutions under the guidance of Dr. Scott Shackelford and Professor David Bosco. Each team will be responsible for a paper as well as a presentation. On the final day of the program, teams will present their projects in front of a panel composed of the SSFP faculty, group mentors and other senior military leaders. These action learning projects allow for students to combine their personal experiences, the lessons and readings from class, and additional research on a strategic approach towards solving a key issue faced by the military.