Convened annually since 1959, The United States Air Force Academy Assembly is an undergraduate student conference sponsored jointly by the Air Force Academy and Columbia University's American Assembly. This student-run conference provides a unique opportunity for approximately 150 highly qualified undergraduates to discuss a topic of contemporary significance. Prominent academics, business leaders, government officers and non-governmental organization members serve as speakers and roundtable leaders. Students cap the four day conference with a written consensus report that reflects the conference's views. It is widely distributed to both academic and government institutions. The Assembly includes keynote and banquet presentations by national and international leaders in the year's topic area. Topics addressed by recent Academy Assemblies have been:
45th America's Challenges in an Unstable World: Balancing Security With Liberty-General Ralph E. Eberhart
46th Global Governance: The Role of States and International Organizations-The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering
47th Spreading Democracy: America's Obligation? - Dr Larry Diamond
48th U.S. Canada Relations: Bridging the Common Border February 7-10, 2006 - The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada
49th South America: Challenges and Opportunities for Prosperity, Justice and Security, February 6-9, 2007 – Amb Jeffrey Davidow
50th Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions for Today's Plague of Violence, Feb 5-8, 2008
CADET PUBLIC POLICY FORUM
The Department of Political Science sponsors the Cadet Political Science Club, which provides civic, academic, and professional development for political science majors at the Academy. Topics addressed range from domestic issues and elections to international affairs and national security, and programs usually feature a speaker per month during both semesters of the academic year.
CADET SUMMER RESEARCH (CSRP)
The Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) provides political science majors with opportunities to intern at a variety of political -military institutions. In the past, cadets have experienced internships in Congress, the Defense Department, the State Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, the United Nations, and NATO Headquarters. Through these internships, cadets gain operational experience in the Air Force and the American political system. In addition, cadets can apply to attend Georgetown University for the summer--either in Washington DC or in a special program in Crete or the Czech Republic.
EISENHOWER CENTER FOR SPACE AND DEFENSE STUDIES
Since its establishment in 2005, the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies has worked to integrate existing space programs across the Academy, establish new educational opportunities for cadets in space policy, foster a national dialogue on space issues among all sectors of the space community, create an intellectual foundation for national space policy, and develop successive generations of Air Force officers with a vocation for space.
EAKER LECTURE SERIES
The "Ira C. Eaker Distinguished Lecture on National Defense Policy" commemorates the many important and significant contributions to national defense policy and security made by General Eaker, the air power pioneer, columnist and commentator. Delivered to cadets at the United States Air Force Academy in May, the Eaker speaker is an individual distinguished in the field of national defense policy. He or she is chosen by a nominating committee of distinguished civilian and military members, chaired by the Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, United States Air Force Academy in concert with the Association of Graduates.
Previous Lecture Series:
24th Eaker Lecture "National Missile Defense Changing Technology and Global Security"-Lt General Ronald T. Kadish
25th Eaker Lecture " The New American Way of War" -General Richard B. Myers
26th Eaker Lecture "Meeting New Challenges: The Development of the Professional Officer in the 21st Century"-Eliot A. Cohen
27th Eaker Lecture "The Role of the Military as an Instrument of Power in the 21st Century Conflict - James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State 5 May 2005
28th Eaker Lecture " Exploring the Impact on the Structure, Organization, and Process of National Security Resulting from the War on Terror" 4 May 2006 - General James E. Cartwright, Commander of the United States Strategic Command
PI SIGMA ALPHA HONOR SOCIETY
Founded in 1920, Pi Sigma Alpha seeks "to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science". Each chapter is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. The Phi Iota Chapter was established at USAFA in 1996. Each spring semester new members are inducted from the first and second degree classes who meet the eligibility criteria established by the National Office of PSA and by the Phi Iota Chapter of USAFA. These are: a 3.2 GPA in all completed Political Science courses; a 3.0 cumulative GPA; and at least 12 completed semester hours in Political Science courses. Political science and Foreign Area Studies (FAS) majors typically are inducted each year, either in their 2 degree or 1st degree year.
TRUMAN LECTURE SERIES
The annual Truman Lecture is designed to enhance cadet professional development. It provides cadets exposure to active/retired senior military officers as well as distinguished national and international personalities who share their perspectives on professional leadership via a lecture format.
Spreading Democracy: America's Obligation?-Dr. Larry Diamond
The Role of Media in a Free Society-Mr. Rolland Smith - 27 April 2006