About the program

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security‘s Forward Defense practice is proud to host Military Fellows from participating branches of the US military and the armed forces of US allies and partners each year as part of a twelve-month fellowship program. The Scowcroft Center sees this as a unique and important opportunity for members of the military to gain experience in a civilian professional environment at an important time in their careers, work through a rigorous curriculum concentrated on strategic foresight and strategy development, and contribute to substantive debates on national security and foreign policy. Simultaneously, the Atlantic Council gains the opportunity to learn from Fellows’ expertise, exchange knowledge, and further shared understanding of military thought and operations in accordance with General Brent Scowcroft‘s commitment to mentorship.

Meet the current Military Fellows

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Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.