Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

The Industrial College of the Armed Forces @ 80

Magazine article Joint Force Quarterly

The Industrial College of the Armed Forces @ 80

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During the past year, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). The college provides competitively selected students an education that reflects the unique demands of the post-Cold War international security environment. At ICAF, America's top military and civilian defense professionals, as well as selected international students, receive a graduate-level education in national security strategy and the resource component of that strategy.

With its roots stretching back to the Army Industrial College established in 1924, today's ICAF maintains the critical legacy of a close, productive partnership among the American military, the U.S. Government, and industry leaders. Today's graduates continue the proud heritage of distinguished alumni such as General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold, Army Air Forces (Class of 1925); President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Class of 1933); General John W. Vessey, Jr., USA (Class of 1966); Honorable James M. Loy, USCG (Class of 1985); and General Carlton W. Fulford, Jr., USMC (Class of 1985). Graduates also include international fellows such as His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Class of 1976) and Lieutenant General Svein Ivar Hansen, Deputy Chief of Defence, Norway (Class of 1997).

Today this legacy of harnessing America's unique ideological, military, and industrial potential is more important than ever. The war on terror and the horrific potential of terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction--or even weapons of mass effect--make contemporary threats as dangerous as any our Nation and allies have ever faced. Globalization and the universal spread of information networks make maintaining long-term security for the Nation an increasingly complex proposition. With limited resources at our disposal, researching, funding, and maintaining the ability to fight and win the Nation's wars tomorrow present a continual challenge.

ICAF reflects the need for modern integrated operations. The U.S. military needs new partners--interagency, international, industry, and private sector organizations--all of whom must work with the military from the initial planning stage through the transition from turmoil to peace. …

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