Scholars Program & Curriculum
Security Scholars welcomes two classes per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Scholars take part in nine one-hour, lunchtime sessions on Capitol Hill which cover a wide range of national security and foreign policy topics.
Sessions, held Fridays from Noon to 1:00 PM, are facilitated by recognized leaders on national security issues. Attendance at 8 of 9 sessions is required for program completion. The program, including course material, is provided at no cost to the participants or their offices.
Scholars who complete the program will receive a certificate from the Truman National Security Institute, and will be eligible for our Alumni program.
Alumni are invited to trainings and briefings held on Capitol Hill on relevant topics that require critical thinking from recognized experts. Security Scholars Alumni are also invited to our social events to create a long-term community of shared purpose across the House and Senate.
Spring 2013 Curriculum (Subject to Change)
The nine week Scholars Program covers a wide range of national security and foreign policy topics. Please note that the curriculum may change to recognize emerging topics and issues.
Week 1: National Security Worldviews (Feb. 22, 2013 in SVC 208/209). An overview of philosophical underpinnings of a variety of approaches to foreign policy and national security.
Week 2: National Security Communications (Mar. 1, 2013 in HVC 201). An introduction to the challenges posed when communicating on national security topics and the tools to overcome them.
Week 3: The U.S. Military, Veterans & Military Families (Mar. 8, 2013 in SVC 212). The basics everyone should know about the military and the key issues and challenges facing America’s returning veterans and military families.
Week 4: Energy 101 (Mar. 15, 2013 in 2168 Rayburn). The connection between U.S. energy policy and national security.
Week 5: Cybersecurity 101 (Mar. 22, 2013 in SVC 201). U.S. cybersecurity history, vulnerabilities, players, and rules.
Week 6: Development and Democracy (Apr. 5, 2013 in Cannon Caucus Room). The role of development and democracy in American and global security.
Week 7: How to Read the Defense Budget, Part 1 (Apr. 12, 2013 in Rayburn B-354). An engaging review of how the DoD’s budget is built and structured.
Week 8: How to Read the Defense Budget, Part 2 (Apr. 19, 2013 in SVC 209-08). An engaging review of how the DoD’s budget is built and structured.
Week 9: The South China Sea (Apr. 26, 2013 in TBD). A primer on the territorial disputes between China and her neighbors in the Western Pacific.