Hertog War Studies Program

Seeking Talented Undergraduates and 2016 Graduates
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is seeking talented undergraduates and 2016 graduates for its summer Hertog War Studies Program before applications close on February 8, 2016 .

This summer, the Institute for the Study of War will host its fourth annual Hertog War Studies Program, an intensive, two-week long summer program in Washington, DC for advanced undergraduate students. Through small-group seminars and discussions with senior military officials and thought-leaders, students will learn about military history, the theory and practice of war, and modern military organizations. The program’s website is: http://hertogwarstudies.org/ . The program is free, offsets travel costs, and provides a stipend to student attendees. I teach the course, along with Frederick Kagan, Ph.D., and Lieut. General Jim Dubik (U.S. Army Ret., Ph.D.).

The military history classes will address the emergence of modern warfare through studies of Napoleon, the works of Clausewitz and others; a staff ride of Gettysburg battlefield; World War II; and our recent counter-insurgency campaigns. The program also includes distinguished guest instructors who can provide unique insight into the formulation of strategy, the relationship between military operations and policy, and command decision-making. Our past program speakers have included former CJCS GEN Marty Dempsey, GEN Ray Odierno, GEN (Ret.) Dave Petraeus, GEN (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, LTG H.R. McMaster, Ambassador Robert Ford, and Ambassador Pat Butenis.

The students discuss how the program has transformed their perspectives on war, the military, and policy in a video .

The Hertog War Studies Program aims to produce a generation of American leaders who are literate in the study of war and warfare. We offer alumni multiple, longitudinal opportunities for continued education. Fifteen of our 2013, 2014, and 2015 alumni recently completed an advanced seminar on U.S. Civil-Military Relations. We host two program alumni annually as fellows at ISW to launch their national security careers. We are proud to be able to offer so many opportunities to alumni continue their education in matters of national security.

Applications are due on February 8, 2016. Students may apply here: