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Each year, the National Security Affairs Department invites senior practitioners to engage with our students as part of their core courses of study.  These sessions challenge the students with real-world perspectives on key national security issues.

Our practitioner sessions for the 2013-2014 academic year included:
 
  • Stephanie Sanok Kostro, former Senior Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee on “Congress and National Security” 
  • Sarah Sewall, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance on “Peacekeeping and the United Nations”
  • Peter Baker, New York Times Chief White House correspondent on “The Role of the Media”
  • Dennis Ross, former Presidential Envoy on “U.S. Security Interests in the Evolving Middle East”
  • Dov Zakheim, former Defense Department Comptroller, and Barry Pavel, former Special Assistant to the President for Defense Policy and Strategy on “Force Planning: Strategy Meets Budget”
140211-N-ZZ999-084 NEWPORT, R.I. (Feb. 11, 2014) Former senior Department of Defense officials Dov Zakheim (center) and Barry Pavel (right) speak to students at the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) National Security Decision Making (NSDM) final practitioner session in Newport, R.I. Retired Amb. John Cloud (left), national security affairs, served as the moderator for the panel discussion that was focused on force planning, strategy and budgets. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Ohl/Released)

NEWPORT, R.I. (Feb. 11, 2014) Former senior Department of Defense officials Dov Zakheim (center) and Barry Pavel (right) speak to students at the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) National Security Decision Making (NSDM) final practitioner session in Newport, R.I. Retired Amb. John Cloud (left), national security affairs, served as the moderator for the panel discussion that was focused on force planning, strategy and budgets. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Ohl/Released)