The School of Advanced Military Studies
What Is it?
The School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at the Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, educates the future commanders and leaders of our Armed Forces, our allies, and the interagency partners at the graduate level to be agile and adaptive leaders who think critically at the strategic and operational levels to solve complex, ambiguous problems.
What has the Army done?
The goal is to make the SAMS program as relevant as possible to meet the demands of the Army and joint forces which have been at war for over seven years. The program is expanding from six to nine seminars to support a broader Army leader development initiative. This endeavor will provide the Army with more SAMS graduates and will be further enabled by the implementation of a dual-start strategy, which better conforms to the Army force generation (ARFORGEN) model, modularity, and the greater needs of the force.
Why is this important to the Army?
SAMS will assume a normal battle rhythm of two seminars, approximately 16 students each, from January to December every year. Twenty-three of these Army officers will be available in December 2009 for assignment to deploying formations or other mission essential requirements. SAMS will also grow its July to May summer cycle class size to seven seminars each year, which is up from six last year. SAMS has already assessed and has received approval for 112 applicants to attend the class which begins July 2009. This is a 57 percent increase in the aggregate officer graduate capability at SAMS since May 07 and provides a much needed skill set for the Army beginning in May 2010. The increased number of SAMS graduates provides the Army with an increased capability and added flexibility to assign graduates to mission essential requirements. This includes the option to not only fill the positions historically designed for SAMS graduates in Corps and Divisions, but also for new billets in Brigade Combat Teams and the Ranger Regiment. Additional graduates may also be available to meet emerging requirements in combatant, theater and Special Forces commands as well as inter-agency assignments.
SAMS Web site
Link to access the SAMS Art of Design blog
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
- Speaker's Toolkit
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Early Bird News Site