What is it?
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Interagency Fellowship Program is a career broadening, educational opportunity for field grade officers. The program, which falls under U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Center, increases the Army’s understanding of integrating and collaborating with federal government interagency partners in future operations. Interagency partners include members of the intelligence community, Departments of State, Energy, Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice, the Agency for International Development and other key departments and agencies.
The objectives of the fellowship are:
- (1) Enhance the Army’s ability to support a comprehensive approach through partnering with governmental and nongovernmental agencies in stability operations, disaster response or humanitarian assistance.
- (2) Improve the nation’s overall security-related capabilities through synchronizing common missions and united effort with Army and interagency players.
- (3) Improve the Army’s ability to interact and leverage the capabilities of various agencies through understanding their cultures and developing working relationships.
- (4) Increase understanding of the complex, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment in which the Army operates with its national security partners.
What is the Army doing?
The CGSC fellowship program sends key developmental/post-military education level 4 Army majors or lieutenant colonels to interagency partners to work as fully integrated staff officers. Currently, 42 CGSC interagency fellows serve in 21 partner agencies. To date, 239 Army officers have served as CGSC interagency fellows.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
For summer 2018, the CGSC will select approximately 40 fellows to serve with 22 interagency partners. Priority for fellowships will be at State, USAID and the intelligence community with a focus on Russian, Iranian and Chinese issues.
Why is this important to the Army?
The importance of working with interagency partners helps to save resources and effectively and efficiently solve the nation’s problems. This is highlighted in the National Security, Defense and Military Strategies, as well as the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army’s Initial Message to the Army under priority No. 2. The Army learned this lesson in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the force must continue to work even more closely with international, intergovernmental and interagency partners.
- Interagency Fellowship Broadening Program
- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
- U.S. Army Combined Arms Center)
- Command and General Staff College (CGSC)
Photo credit: In April 2012, Soldiers with U.S. Army North participated in an interagency hurricane response drill on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Participating in the drill were representatives from Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Army North, the National Guard Bureau and others. A fellowship program offered by the Army’s Command and General Staff College puts qualified Army officers into the offices of interagency partners for up to a year to help better prepare them to work in interagency environments. (U.S. Army by Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson)