Unpacking the Defense Enterprise
The Unpacking the Defense Enterprise gives participants a competitive advantage in analyzing the defense domain, the evolution of defense strategy, budgetary and technical issues, and future challenges and opportunities in the U.S. defense enterprise.
The course is led by an accomplished cadre of defense and security experts, including practitioners, scholars, and former U.S. government leaders. Participants will be able to connect with experts, contribute in real time, and apply the concepts covered in seminars through a variety of interactive strategy exercises. Participants will also learn from and network with other professionals in the defense field.
The Unpacking the Defense Enterprise curriculum includes a series of interactive seminars addressing a wide range of strategic, policy, technical, and budgetary issues in the defense domain.
Understanding the Defense Environment: Geopolitics and Defense Strategy
Military Forces: Strategy, Structure, and Tradeoffs
Myths and Realities of the Defense Budget
Irregular Warfare, Intelligence, and Defense
Strengthening Allies and Creating New Partners
Use of Force in the 21st Century
Fundamental Questions of Defense Acquisition
Emerging Technologies and Defense
Defense 101: Roles, Missions, and Authorities of the Defense Enterprise
This integrative exercise challenges participants to apply lessons from the seminars to an exercise in which they need to make choices about strategy and then identify the resourcing and program trade-offs that follow. Participants will engage with each other in small groups to determine levels of force structure, modernization, and readiness, organized around their concept of a national defense strategy. At the end of the exercise, CSIS experts will provide detailed feedback to the participants addressing the trade-offs that they made and the potential implications for national security
CSIS is seeking a professionally diverse cohort of mid-career practitioners with 5 to 10 years of experience from across the U.S. and international military, government, private sector, and academic communities interested in increasing their knowledge of the U.S. defense enterprise. Applicants may be seeking a baseline understanding of U.S. defense issues broadly, knowledge of how different elements of the defense enterprise fit together, and/or deeper insights into particular areas important to U.S. defense. The course is structured to accommodate this range of learning. The selection committee will consider candidates' professional background as well as demonstrated interest in the fields of international security, defense, or other related areas.
How to Register
The online registration form includes a statement of interest, brief bio, and attachment of a resume. Applications are due by Monday, May 17, 2021, by 11:59 PM EST. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Previous and current participants include representatives from:
Central Intelligence Agency, Harvard University Kennedy School, IBM, Institute for Defense Analyses, Marine Corps University Krulak Center, Morgan Stanley, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), National Defense University, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, Royal Australian Air Force, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), U.A.E. Ministry of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Victorian Government Australia Trade and Investment Office
For more information, please contact Barbara Petzen, Director of Training Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.