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Nov. 15, 2012

Professor Milan Vego, Joint Military Operations department, visited the National Defence Academy “G.S. Rakovski” in Sofia and the Naval Academy “Nikola Y. Vaptsarov” in Varna, Bulgaria, Nov. 4-8.   

At the National Defence Academy, he met with the National Defence and Security and Command and Staff faculties to share his views on operational art. He also delivered a 60-minute lecture entitled “Operational Thinking” to 300 students and 30 faculty members of the National Defence Academy.

His visit to the Naval Academy (VVMU) “Nikola Y. Vaptsarov” included a meeting with superintendent Capt. Boyan Mednikarov and several of his associates, a brief on the organization and the curriculum of the Naval Academy, and a visit to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System simulator, Navigation simulator, English language laboratory, Radio Communications simulator, and Planetarium.

The Naval Academy bestowed the title of “Honorary Professor of VVMU “Nikola Y. Vaptsarov” upon Vego, and the superintendent indicated he was the first recipient of the honor.  Vego then delivered a one-hour lecture entitled “Operational Warfare At Sea” to an audience of about 80 officers from the Bulgarian Navy HQ, Naval Station Varna, and the faculty of Naval Academy and 60 cadets plus ten Vietnamese students.

Professor Milan Vego, Joint Military Operations department, visited the Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr (FuAekBw), Hamburg, Germany, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2. He taught and participated in the Module 4011 Operatives Denken (Operational Thinking), a seminar organized and conducted by the faculty of The Center for the Employment of Armed Forces for nine German officers (including one Austrian brigade general) and two high-ranking civil service officials from the German Ministry of Defense.  Vego delivered a one-hour lecture entitled “Operational Art and Contemporary Operations” aimed to provide a framework for subsequent in-class work on the ZORAN SEA case study, which is used in NATO.  He also delivered a 60-minute lecture on “Mission Command (Auftragstaktik) and the Operational Commander’s Intent” in addition to co-moderating work of one of two “working groups” and participating in plenary session discussions.

Army Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., Joint Military Operations department and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, gave a talk to the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations in Casper, Wyoming, on Nov. 1.  The discussion focused on the strategic risks to the campaign in Afghanistan as a consequence of the harmful effects from sanctuaries in Pakistan.  As part of the talk, Cassidy shared insights from his most recent book, War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011, published by Marine Corps University Press this year.

He also recently chaired the counterinsurgency roundtable at the United States Military Academy's 64th annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) from  Nov. 8-10 at West Point.  The overarching theme of this SCUSA was to assess American strategic priorities in an age of austerity.  SCUSA is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious conference of its type.   Approximately 200 undergraduate students from more than 100 colleges and universities worldwide attended the conference.  The purpose of the counterinsurgency roundtable was to explore if, when, how, and under what conditions the U.S. Government should consider supporting insurgency or counterinsurgency in the mid-term, given the country's fiscal straits.  

Professor Terence Roehrig, National Security Affairs department and Asia-Pacific Studies Group director, wrote a chapter entitled "The Role and Influence of the North Korean Military"  in a book published in October called North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy and Society.

Ten faculty from NWC’s College of Operational and Strategic Leadership (COSL), Assist and Assess Team (AAT) conducted a Tailored Assist Visit (TAV) for 130 reserve component personnel at Naval Air Station Mayport, Fla., Nov 2-3.   Reserves were from Fourth Fleet, Fifth Fleet and U.S. Southern Command detachments.  The TAV provided a fictional Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (FHA/DR) scenario designed around the historical 1998 Hurricane Mitch landfall in Honduras.  The training focused on
emphasizing the use of the Naval Planning Process (NPP) for multiple Operational Planning Teams (OPTs), and senior leadership.  This included substantial and direct support by RDML Jon Matheson (FORTH Fleet Deputy Commander) acting as the JFMCC commander.  Developed in-house by the AAT, the Honduras Scenario is based on historical, and current unclassified material to ensure accuracy and realism.  This scenario is available to all fleet staffs for active duty and reserve use.  The recent damage caused by
Superstorm Sandy validates the relevance and applicability of this type of scenario.

Faculty from NWC’s College of Operational and Strategic Leadership (COSL) supported the U.S. Sixth Fleet Maritime Operations Center (MOC) aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), the U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship, during U.S. European Command’s annual exercise Austere Challenge, Oct. 26-Nov. 2.  Sixth Fleet requested assistance to provide tailored academics to exercise participants as well as observe and provide feedback on MOC processes. NWC Team members included professors Jim Harrington, Jonathan Will, and Cmdr. Phil Beckman of the NWC Assist and Assess Team (AAT) and professor John "JR" Mathis from the Maritime Staff Operators Course faculty.

Professor Stephen Knott, National Security Affairs department, delivered a lecture at the United States Air Force Academy for their annual Truman Lecture Series on Nov. 8. The annual Truman Lecture is designed to enhance the professional development of the academy's cadets by providing them with exposure to senior military officers as well as distinguished national and international scholars who share their perspectives via a lecture format. Knott spoke on "Leadership in the American Presidency." Approximately 500 cadets and faculty were in attendance.

Professors Jim Cook and Tom Fedyszyn, National Security Affairs department, visited Azerbaijan's Military College of the Armed Forces, Nov. 5-9, as a part of a continuing project to develop and improve the curriculum and teaching standards for the Azerbaijani intermediate and senior level courses.

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