SIMPLY DIVINE: The Virtual Seminar Fellows, meeting in person for the first time, participate in a teambuilding exercise at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado. Pictured left to right are Dr. Willie, Robert Monto, Michael Upton, Wayne Beutler, Vanessa Pittman and Kelly Tisch.
by Rachel Berry, Director for Acquisition Career Management Office
Fellows with the U.S. Army’s Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) Program spent the week of March 28, 2022 participating in strategic site visits in Colorado Springs and Boulder, Colorado. This trip enabled the fellows from the three seminars of the SSCF program—Huntsville, Alabama; Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey and the virtual seminar—to gain key strategic insights from organizations responsible for implementing the nation’s security strategy. The fellows gained an understanding of military strategic interests in the space domain and ballistic missile defense; discussed the unique challenges in the defense of the nation and North America; learned about industrial base considerations for producing space systems; and compared a service perspective on the leadership development of future career military officers with that of civilians.
Fellows visited and learned about the missions of the following organizations: U.S. Space Command, U.S. Space Force Space Operations, U.S. Northern Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, Ball Aerospace (representative industry manufacturer of space systems), and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The SSCF program is a nationally-recognized, 10-month educational senior leadership development opportunity sponsored by the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). The purpose of SSCF is to provide leadership, acquisition and national strategy training to prepare senior level civilians for leadership roles such as product and project manager, program executive officer and other key acquisition leadership positions. For more information, go to the DACM website at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/.