NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has joined the U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance (USSTRATCOM) Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance to enable collaborative faculty and student research and interactions with the nation’s top experts on issues related to nuclear deterrence and assurance and national security.

USSTRATCOM membership will provide opportunities for Norwich University students to participate in the annual Academic Alliance research conference and to apply for paid internships at USSTRATCOM’s headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

The alliance also offers nuclear deterrence-focused war game simulations and experiential learning opportunities to member universities and a platform to participate in a national security speaker series.

“We are well-positioned to make significant scholarly contributions to the Alliance especially given our role as an emerging leader in environmental security.” Dr. Karen Hinkle, chief research officer, Norwich University

The USSTRATCOM Academic Alliance aims to “Develop an academic community of interest focused on research and analysis of deterrence, assurance and associated strategic-level national security themes in a rapidly changing, multidomain global threat environment.”

USSTRATCOM Membership offers Norwich a timely opportunity to further develop environmental security expertise.

“We are well-positioned to make significant scholarly contributions to the Alliance especially given our role as an emerging leader in environmental security,” said Dr. Karen Hinkle, Norwich University’s associate provost for research and chief research officer.

Norwich University’s Environmental Security Initiative (ESI) is a keystone collaborative effort between the Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) and the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center. The initiative aims to advance intersecting research in environmental degradation and national security. This year’s 2020 Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium focused on the weaponization of water, convening experts on a critical and timely environmental security topic.

Opportunities for fellows

“The Alliance makes it possible for Environmental Security student fellows like Jack LePage to share his research on nuclear submarines and their role in environmental security at the conference in Omaha,” said Dr. Tara Kulkarni, the Center for Global Resilience And Security’s director. “For new fellows Molly Twombly and Nicholas Clements, who developed video critiques on Colby Award-winning author Adam Higginbotham on his book ‘Midnight in Chernobyl’ during the Military Writers’ Symposium, the Alliance will offer new insights.” 

Over the past decade, Norwich has increased its investment in faculty and undergraduate research of endowed income and reinvested grant overhead to more than $800,000, to complement more than $20 million of externally acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research.

More than 250 students have conducted research since the Office of Academic Research’s debut in 2007. The program supports and encourages Norwich students to pursue original research, scholarship and creative projects in collaboration with faculty, and to provide funding to allow for information exchange and presentation of work at professional meetings and within the university community.

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