Tigers! Class of 2019! Welcome!!
Congratulations on your selection to attend The Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy! There is no other school in the land like the Eisenhower School. With our integrated focus on strategic leadership, national security, long-term strategy, macroeconomics, business economics, industry analytics, industry studies, supply chain management, and senior acquisitions, and with the committed presence of the industrial base and innovation base in our program, the Eisenhower School is a "one of one" within the Department of Defense, within the U.S. government, and across the nation.
Your Eisenhower School Experience will be shaped during a pivotal time for our nation and for our alliances. You will embark upon your experience amidst a complex and dangerous global security environment the likes of which this nation and our alliances have not seen for decades. The new National Security Strategy and new National Defense Strategy- both published within the past year - have re-characterized our time as one of great power competition. To maximize its relevance in the current environment, we've streamlined, focused, and aligned your program to great power competition and have prioritized time for you to think and to process what you learn. We've laid the foundations of a new Eisenhower School Experience. The Class of 2019 will chart the course forward.
The Class of 2019 will have a unique opportunity to observe, experience, and participate in the dynamics of change. Our first meeting in Baruch Auditorium in August will launch the intellectual recapitalization of the next 10 to 15 years of your professional life. We are going to offer you the opportunity to elevate your game as strategic thinkers with the potential of becoming senior leaders. You will consider the idea that the foundation of strategic thinking is critical thinking and that critical thinking comes down to two simple questions and a challenge: "Why?", "So what?", and "Prove it !" You will examine your own potential as senior leaders with respect to your ability to recognize the requirement to change; to define the conditions for change; and to lead large organizations through the changes required to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
As Eisenhower School students, your experience will be defined in great part by the relationships you build here. While it has always been at the heart of what we do, we're taking concrete steps to bring "Industry" back into your Seminars and into our conversation - an effort that will enrich your classroom discussions. It is critically important that you understand your obligation to internalize, then reinvest this experience and your relationships at a much more strategic level. It is a complex, pressurized, an intensely rewarding world that you will enter post-graduation. Much will be expected of you. We are confident that you will deliver.
Please consider, as you make your way towards Ft McNair, that what we ultimately seek - for our people, for our children, for our grandchildren - is a Nation and alliances where our people are free to live their lives in peace and security. We want to live in a world where truth still matters, not least of which are those self evident truths, "that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."