Sunday, April 21, 2013

USASOC, UNC university system renew partnership

I partially take back my comments from my previous email message with the article "Scholars, Spies, and Global Studies" ( regarding the OSS, Academia, and Area Studies.  The USASOC – UNC partnership is a good academic initiative and just one example of the kind of academic-military partnership we need.  However, we still need more soldier-scholars to write on important subjects like their forefathers did in the OSS and not just the "I was there war stories" but real academic contributions to professional military knowledge.  My thoughts on military professionals, including SOF, writing and publishing are at these links:

 A Recommendation for Quiet Professionals 

 To Whom Should our Generals Listen? 
Or who should control the debate on the nature of future conflicts 


USASOC, UNC university system renew partnership
Henry Cuningham
Military editor
11:15 PM - 04/20/2013

The University of North Carolina on Tuesday renewed and updated its four-year-old partnership with Army special operations.

Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland and UNC system President Thomas Ross signed an agreement building on a document their predecessors signed on Nov. 12, 2009. Cleveland is commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, headquarters for Rangers, Special Forces and other units that operate in small numbers in hostile or politically sensitive areas. Ross is the leader of the 17-campus UNC system, which includes the Chapel Hill campus and N.C. State University in Raleigh.

"We have an ongoing and very special relationship with the University of North Carolina system," Cleveland said. "There's a growing recognition that we can complement each other's capabilities."
The UNC system includes Fayetteville State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The system offers programs from medicine to business administration to foreign language. UNC's campuses offer opportunities for soldiers ranging from degree completion to leadership development.

"Serving all of the residents and all of the citizens of the state is very important," Ross said. "But it is a particular honor for us to be associated with the United States Army, particularly special operations."
Four years ago, Lt. Gen. John Mulholland went to Chapel Hill to sign the document with then-UNC President Erskine Bowles. This year, it was UNC's turn to travel.

"We are continuing to learn just how deep and rich this relationship can be," Cleveland said.
Fort Bragg's special operations community has requirements for technology, international expertise and education of soldiers, Cleveland said.

University students can gain from exposure to experienced combat veterans, Cleveland said. The university offers fellowships for Army leaders that puts university students in touch with them, Ross said.
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