About the Center's Military Education Program
Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army
The McConnell Center has hosted the Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army since 2014. The unique month-long residential leadership program is designed for mid-career soldiers to take part in discussions, lectures and active-learning sessions with experts, local leaders and McConnell Scholars at the University of Louisville. Programming focuses on the history and philosophical concepts essential to approach leadership and ways of war while facing the challenges of the 21st century. Participants also study U.S. national government, the U.S. Constitution and the national security process, with an immersion experience in Washington, DC. The DC component includes meetings with high-level decision makers and staffers in the Pentagon, the executive branch and on Capitol Hill, as well as engagements with experts at think tanks and within academia. The goal of this broadening seminar is to provide graduate-level immersion related to U.S. political order.
Meditations, an online professional development opportunity for military leaders
In 2018, the McConnell Center launched Meditations, a newsletter originally designed for past participants in the McConnell Center's military education programs to continue their education online. Due to popular demand, the monthly publication is available to everyone and is tailored to provide online professional development for military leaders. The newsletter includes a Vital Remnants podcast episode, book and video recommendations and other educational resources.
McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg speaks more about the vision of Vital Remnants on the following podcast:
U.S. Army War College Resident Fellow
Since 2014, the McConnell Center has hosted a U.S. Army War College Fellow in residence. This fellow spends a year pursuing graduate-level studies and leadership development at the University of Louisville and serves as a resource for McConnell Scholars.
- Col. Jonathan Patrick, 2019-2020
- Col. Jeremiah Jette, 2018-2019
- Col. Brian Wortinger, 2017-2018
- Col. Archie Herndon, 2016-2017
- Col. Thomas Russell-Tutty, 2015-2016
- Col. Christopher Wynder, 2014-2015
Additional Enrichment Opportunities
The McConnell Center also promotes additional leadership development for our student groups through military partnerships. Affiliations and past partnerships include the US Army War College's Eisenhower Series Program and undergraduate student participation at the US Military Academy at West Point's Student Conference on US Affairs and the US Naval Academy's Leadership Conference.