Cultivating unique career development opportunities, the non-traditional area studies program serves as a motivation and retention tool, introducing Airmen to new ideas, people, and processes and enabling growth in knowledge of subject matter and analytic process.
At the end of July, a group of 5 Airmen will spend 3 days at various academic and policy institutes in Washington DC. Though relatively junior, the attendees are top performers, working as intelligence analysts and linguists with a Middle Eastern focus.
On July 26, the Airmen will visit the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Programs department to learn about Palestinian/Israeli economic affairs – a key factor affecting any potential peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (which in turn affects the entire region). Areas of interest might include discussions about the implications of increased technology/communications availability and the potential social or political impact of education efforts in the region.
Understanding the logistics of establishing these programs would also be of interest, with a great potential for human-interest anecdotes of persons met/conversations had with people from the region.
This event is by invitation only.