Examine new challenges to national security.
Emerging Threats in National Security is a semester-long experience that provides students with a deeper understanding of U.S. national security policy. The program will provide students with a basic foundation in national security and an opportunity to think more broadly about the field, encouraging students to question whether traditional conceptions of national security adequately address new and novel threats facing the United States domestically and internationally.
While national security may be traditionally thought to be the domain of lawyers and political scientists, this program seeks to have students from diverse backgrounds join different parts of the national security dialogue. The program will explore the implications of some of the most challenging issues affecting national security, including new and non-conventional threats. Topics discussed will include civilian and military government issues, weaponization of space and nuclear issues, human rights, civil rights, and climate change. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Each monthly session will focus on a different national security issue and its application to U.S. policy. The goal is to have students explore these various topics and engage directly with one another, debating the merits of each issue and proposing policy directed to elevate issues they believe to be among the most pressing national security concerns. Because student participation is vital to the program’s success, attendance is mandatory for all sessions.
The program concludes with discussions on the U.S. national security decision-making process and ethical dimensions of national security policy. The program will include national security practitioners as guest lecturers. At the end of the program, students will be asked to produce a writing sample (which can be used in job or graduate school applications) identifying and defending their Top 3 national security priorities.
The program is led by Annie Morgan ’06, a Gettysburg College alumna and defense attorney engaged in investigation of torture and human rights violations.