Tuesday January 10, 2012
What is it?
As the Army continues to focus on helping to shape the international environment, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) is helping to foster mutual understanding by sponsoring geo-political training seminars that focus on German and European military, political and economic systems. Held six times a year in Hamburg at the Haus Rissen Institute, an international think tank for politics and economics, the training seminars are excellent primers on the European operating environment.
The training seminars also are an investment in the Army's future, designed to help foster mutual understanding while developing adaptable and thoughtful leaders. Army commanders and senior staff officers, civilians, and non-commissioned officers who regularly interact with host nation authorities spend a week discussing current and historical geo-political issues with Air Force and German Army personnel in a joint and combined educational environment. Although topics are updated frequently to keep pace with current events, typical subjects at the seminars - taught by journalists, scientists, and professors from the University of Hamburg, Berlin Free University, and Haus Rissen - include: The financial crisis as a transatlantic issue; The European Union as a strategic actor; and Diplomacy in action - the United Nations Security Council.
What has the Army done?
Each year the Army sponsors an average of 75 participants at six geo-political seminars, contributing to the professional development of the force. In the past five years, the Army has built its bench by investing in nearly 400 leaders who now have a broad understanding of the international operating environment and events that help shape the policies of our allies, and a new perspective on geo-political issues that face our partner nations. Soldiers moving from Europe back into the larger Army force bring ideas and experience that sustain the intellectual vibrancy that makes the Army attractive as a career.
What efforts does the Army have planned?
The U.S. Army Europe is partnering with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and the German Army to maximize seminar participation in fiscal year 2012.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army recognizes that preserving and enhancing the all volunteer force requires a focus on building and retaining leaders who can adapt to varying situations on the battlefield and in the boardroom. The Army-sponsored geo-political training seminars expose leaders to various perspectives while providing sustained opportunities for cultural contact and immersion.
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