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Army War College Partners with Patterson


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2010)– The Center for Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College is partnering with University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce to conduct an annual strategic-level negotiations exercise in Lexington November 19-20.

The International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise, or ISCNE, revolves around a real-world "frozen" conflict that has been projected 10 years into the future. 

"The partnership will expose University of Kentucky students to state-of-the-art leadership training developed by some of the nation’s best ‘gamers’ and strategists," said Patterson School Director Carey Cavanaugh.

Patterson School students, divided into country teams, will work to negotiate a resolution to a very tough problem. Besides developing the scenario, the Center will provide mentors for the student teams as well as a control cell to manage the details of the exercise.  

Members of the Center for Strategic Leadership's Operations and Gaming Division will travel from the Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania to support the inaugural exercise at UK.

ISCNE illuminates and reinforces many of the key concepts of policymaking, diplomacy, negotiation and strategy development. 

Developed by the Center for Strategic Leadership to help train senior American and foreign military officers, the ISCNE has also been conducted through similar partnerships with Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

The partnership with UK’s Patterson School is an important part of the U.S. Army War College’s desire to create alliances with key institutions, said center Director and U.S. Army War College Professor Douglas Campbell.

The goal is to help emerging strategic advisers and leaders better understand the relationships and interactions between the various elements of national power, including diplomacy, information, military and economics.   

Ambassador Cavanaugh noted that the Army War College and the Patterson School both trace their origins to the 1898 Spanish-American War. After the conflict, Secretary of War Elihu Root called for greater professional military education to avoid past mistakes and UK’s first president, James Patterson, underscored the need for a new school to prepare a civilian cadre ready and able to advance America’s growing diplomatic and commercial interests. 

"These visionaries fostered two exceptional institutions that continue today long traditions of helping train the next generation of American leaders," Cavanaugh stressed, "UK is proud the Army War College added Kentucky to its short list of partners for this extraordinary experiential educational opportunity."