The Eisenhower Institute

Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times

SALTT 2016-2017 Program Theme:

After the Fall:
Enduring Challenges in U.S.-Russian Relations

Program Objective

The objective of the Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) program is to impart an appreciation and an excitement for developing lifelong insights into strategy, leadership, followership, their values and their roles in contemporary geopolitics.

At the top levels of the United States government, Russia has been identified as the “number one strategic threat” to the U.S and deteriorating relations have taken center stage in the U.S. presidential election. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times will focus on the enduring challenges in American-Russian relations and their effect on all levels of American public policy. Capitalizing on her extensive experience in Russia and the greater region, Susan Eisenhower will provide participants with an extensive background in the history and current dynamics of the post-Soviet Russian-American relationship, as well as the fundamentals of strategic thinking and planning. Students will learn about contributing factors to the tension between both countries and the effect deteriorating relations are having in a variety of fields including international security, science and technology, and business. Participants will then put this knowledge into practice as they develop strategies for managing and/or improving American-Russian relations at all levels of government and society. Through this exercise, participants will gain experience in strategic planning and greater understanding of the former Soviet Union and the aspirations of its peoples.

Program Eligibility

The SALTT program will be comprised of competitively selected students from Gettysburg College. The Eisenhower Institute is seeking exceptional students who successfully complete an application process and an interview. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in US-Russian relations, as well as leadership and strategy-related knowledge. Applicants must be willing to commit a Friday from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM once a month, as well as four days at the end of the January break. Participants should also hold Spring Break for potential travel or additional sessions.

2016-2017 Program Schedule 

Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute

Susan Eisenhower is the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986. For more than twenty-five years the company has provided strategic counsel on business development, public affairs and communications projects. EGI has advised Fortune 500 companies, not just in the United States, but also abroad—in China, Russia, Central Asia and Western Europe – for such companies as American Express, IBM, Coca Cola, AES, Alcoa, and General Electric.

In addition to her work through EGI, Susan Eisenhower has also had a distinguished career as a policy analyst. She currently is Chairman Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College, where she served as president twice. At Gettysburg College, Eisenhower holds a yearlong seminar on strategy for competitively selected students at the Eisenhower Institute.

Over the years, she has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries: The Baker-Cutler Commission on U.S. Funded Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia; The Sununu-Meserve Commission on Nuclear Energy; and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which released its findings on a comprehensive program for the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the winter of 2012. She was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she served eight years. After as many years on the NASA Advisory Council, she served as a commissioner on the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force.

Eisenhower is currently a member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board and co-chairman of NEAC, the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board. She has also been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now called the Center for National Interest.

In addition, Ms. Eisenhower has done extensive work in executive training on strategic leadership. She has spoken on this subject in many corporate venues, as well as at such distinguished institutions as the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Foreign Policy Association in New York; the Army War College, Carlisle; Sandia National Laboratory, MIT and Australia’s Science and Technology Organization, which is part of the Australian Ministry of Defence.

Eisenhower has authored hundreds of op-eds for newspapers such as the Washington Post and the LA Times, appeared frequently on national television and radio, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the National Academy of Sciences’ Issues in Science and Technology and the Naval Institutes’ Proceedings. She has written four trade press books, two of which were on regional best seller lists, and she co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues.


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