Dan Severson of Jamestown participated in the U.S. Army War College 65th annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 3-6.

Severson was one of 160 business, government, academic and community leaders selected from across the country to take part in the weeklong academic seminar alongside the students of the Army War College. During the special academic event, Severson represented fellow American citizens in discussions with the next generation of senior leaders of the U.S. armed forces. For the senior military leader-students, these exchanges enable a deeper understanding of perspectives from across the American society they serve. The National Security Seminar was the capstone event of the Army War College's 10-month curriculum, just before the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony to confer the USAWC diploma and master's degree in strategic studies.

Each of four seminar featured speakers addressed the "Complexities of Strategic Competition in a Globalized World" through four elements of power: diplomatic power from Ambassador Deborah A. McCarthy; informational power with James R. Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence; military power from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of US Army North; and economic power from Harvard University professor Jeffry Frieden.

National Security Seminar days are structured around daily presentations about an issue of national security significance, followed by candid discussion in a seminar with 16 students representing the U.S. military students, representatives of U.S. government agencies and international officers in the student body.

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