APPLY NOW: Defense & Security Leadership Module


Applications due Sunday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m.


The modern geopolitical landscape is becoming increasingly complex requiring a superior understanding of defense policy. YPFP will provide leading experts in national security, the private defense industry and the international security realm to contribute to a module that introduces a select group of future leaders to the intricacies of today’s security challenges as well as the interplay between U.S. interests and global security. This module will cover key perspectives on the role of defense in geopolitics and give participants a strong conceptual foundation in security studies that is transferrable across the foreign policy field. Weekly session topics will include:

  • Session I: Week of September 26 - The 21st Century Threat and Grand Strategic Choices
  • Session II: Week of October 3 - Afghanistan: Lessons Learned for the Future 
  • Session III: Week of October 10 – Conversation with Michèle Flournoy
  • Session IV: Week of October 17 – The 2040 Threat Environment
  • Session V: Week of October 24 - Budgeting & Acquisition in the Pentagon
  • Session VI: Week of October 31 - Combating Terrorism
  • Session VII: Week of November 7 - Cyber
  • Session VIII: Week of November 14 – Emerging Technologies
  • Capstone: Week of December 4 – Wargame Simulation

Some of the speakers for this module will include:

  • Richard Wilhelm
  • Christopher Kolenda
  • Michèle Flournoy
  • Paul Scharre

Please note that participation in this module requires your physical presence in Washington, DC.

Module Format and Audience:

The majority of sessions will consist of a distinguished speaker, a moderated discussion, and Q&A. The Capstone session will allow participants to collaborate, communicate, and learn from one another. Before each session, participants will have a set of recommended readings to complete that focus on the weekly discussion topic. Following each session, a social hour will take place at a nearby venue.

The primary audience for this module will be early-career professionals in the defense and security realm. However, there are no formal prerequisites (i.e. experience, age) to apply or participate in this module.

Participant Commitment and Fees:

Participants will commit to attending each of the meetings held weekly and for a total of 8 weeks along with the Capstone. Each session will be approximately 90 minutes. All sessions will take place after business hours, and participants will receive a syllabus for the module and reminders about each session.

Fees for selected participants are $60. However, there is no application fee.

Start and End Dates: Sessions (I to VIII) September 28 - November 16, Capstone Week of December 4

Weekly Date, Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 6:30p

Ready to Apply?

Applications are accepted until the deadline: September 18 at 11:59 p.m.  

  1. Login to your YPFP membership account on the ypfp.org homepage.
  2. RSVP to this event. You must RSVP to this event as part of the application process.
  3. Complete the application (if you are not automatically redirected to the application form when you "RSVP", please contact Ryan Young at ryan.young@ypfp.org). Incomplete applications will not be considered for participation in the module.
  4. If accepted to participate, you will be requested to pay a $60 participation fee.


 YPFP Leadership Incubator Program

The Defense & Security Module is part of the YPFP Leadership Incubator, a special class of YPFP programming. The initiative consists of modules, each a series of activities that build competency in a skill or knowledge area of vital importance to future foreign policy leaders. The modules last 6-8 weeks, are composed of 20-30 participants, and include lectures, instruction, and collaborative, hands-on activities. YPFP has executed previous modules on topics ranging from Strategic Communications in a Digital Age to International Conflict Resolution. Future YPFP Leadership Incubator modules will continue to focus on multidisciplinary topics that have broad applicability across the foreign policy community and will impact international affairs over the long term.

August 30, 2016 at 12pm - September 18, 2016
Ryan Young ·

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