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ACADEMICS

 Academic Centers

Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations
Cyber Research Center
Center for the Humanities*
Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM**
Center for Oral History
Center for the Rule of Law
Combating Terrorism Center
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Network Science Center
West Point Leadership Center

Academic Enrichment Program (13 departmental endowments)

Academy Scholars Program
Cadet Semester Abroad

EXCEL Scholars Program**
Financial Literacy Program
Grand Strategy Program
History Staff Rides
Social Sciences Senior Conference
Thayer Honors Program
USMA Graduate Scholarship Program

ADMISSIONS

Cadet Public Relations Council
Minority Visitation Program**
ATHLETICS

A Club
Athletic Team Endowments/Athletic Director’s Quasi-Endowment
Building 673 (Arvin Annex)*
East Stands at Michie Stadium*
GARRISON

Cadet Chapel Organ
Constitution Island (Phase II)
Morgan Farm Indoor Equestrian Facility
Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center

SUPERINTENDENT

Army Cyber Institute
Distinguished Chair for Innovation & Strategic Engagement
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Grant Statue
SUPT’s Endowment/Annual Fund

USCC

Cadet Activities
Department of Military Instruction Fund/Endowment
Department of Physical Education/Human Performance Laboratory
Modern War Institute

BOLD=Superintendent Priorities
*Scope of project not defined.
**included within Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives


Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations
The Center will formalize civil-military operations education within the curriculum by creating a broader framework of understanding of the military’s expanding role in CMO. Coordinating these programs and activities will create ties across curricular and disciplinary boundaries
to coordinate, introduce, and reinforce improved understanding and application of CMO and strengthen relationships with other governmental agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.

Cyber Research Center
The mission of the CRC is to educate and train cadets in cyber space operations, provide undergraduate research opportunities, and build and sustain ties between the Academy and the national cyberspace operations community.  Its programs are critical to cadet development, as these young men and women will soon be leading the Army’s soldiers against cyber threats and terrorism.

Center for the Humanities*
West Point is in a unique position to establish a multi-purpose Center that could become a vibrant, nationally recognized location for regular engagement with the arts and humanities. The Academy envisions a significant expansion to the current space dedicated to the Cadet Fine Arts Forum. Located on Trophy Point, this Center would serve as a permanent home for galleries, exhibitions, educational programs, and workshops that would bring cadets, veterans, and USMA graduates together to build community through the humanities and creative arts. In addition to hosting conferences and lectures, the Center may establish fellowships for artist/scholars-in-residence that would allow veteran artists and scholars to spend time in residence at the Center to enrich cadet education through their expertise and talent.

Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM**
The Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) aims to increase the representation and improve the academic performance of cadets from underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged populations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The United States is suffering from a severe shortage of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers, threatening our nation's ability to develop and advance its industrial base and compete internationally. Furthermore, research shows that minority and economically disadvantaged populations comprise a very small percentage of these professions.

In response, the center will provide the outreach, guidance, and resources needed to effectively encourage and prepare cadets from underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged populations who pursue studies in STEM. Through faculty recruitment and development, cadet mentoring opportunities, and curriculum development, among other aspects, the center endeavors to play a leading national role in reforming and enriching diversity within STEM to more accurately reflect the needs of our changing society.

Center for Oral History
The West Point Center for Oral History (COH) is dedicated to archiving the story of the American soldier, in both war and peace. It will serve as a powerful learning tool and online research center for West Point cadets, the Army, scholars, and the general public.

By recording and archiving interviews with West Point graduates and Army leaders, journalists, former Secretaries of State and Defense, and scholars, the Center for Oral History will capture the defining moments of 21st century warfare, including Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Korea, among many others. Collectively, these archives will enable cadets and the general public the opportunity to hear firsthand the experiences of soldiers while also creating an historical record where one has not yet existed. Visit the West Point Center for Oral History website.

Center for the Rule of Law
The West Point Center for the Rule of Law (CRL) is a world-class academic and military center dedicated to promoting a profound respect for the rule of law during both peacetime and armed conflict. It is unique—and necessary—in that it focuses specifically on educating and training future military leaders on the application of the rule of law within the context of the current security environment.

Through cadet research and experiential learning opportunities, lectures and conferences, and a cutting edge website and resource center, the CRL leverages the expertise of both the academic and military fields to educate the country's leaders and ensure justice, peace and prosperity.
As Queen Noor of Jordan said at the CRL's 2009 Grand Opening Conference, "When a great nation decides to open a center devoted to law and legal frameworks, it is a wonderful thing. When it chooses to house it at a military academy, a national treasure like West Point, it is all the more exuberant."

Combating Terrorism Center
The West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was established in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 with the mission of arming current and future leaders with the intellectual tools needed to defeat and deter terrorist threats.

This internationally renowned center is the first of its kind, connecting academic experts with military leaders and other government agencies to facilitate research, education, and policy analysis at both the strategic and intellectual levels. In fact, the CTC is one of the nation's largest providers of counter-terrorism education, training every FBI special agent across the country.

The CTC has also produced research to which al-Qa'idas's Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden's deputy, has directly referenced and responded.

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
The West Point Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) will fill a critical need within the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as the Army at large to more comprehensively educate current and future military leaders on how past genocides have occurred and what, if anything, can be done to prevent them in the future.

The CHGS will delve into the historical contexts, events and consequences of past genocides while specifically focusing on the role militaries played in both causing and preventing them. In doing this, the CHGS will instill in the country's current and future leaders a strong sense of history, ethics and responsibility.

Network Science Center
Network science is a new, cutting-edge science aimed at explaining and predicting the behavior of complex networks, defined as large collections of people, organizations, biological organisms, and machines that are all connected in hundreds of ways. By identifying and explaining the connections and commonalities between such networks, network science aims to fill the gaps between various disciplines, increase the quality of predictions, and provide continuous streams of information to ultimately improve leadership and decision making within the military and on the battlefield.

The West Point Network Science Center is committed to bringing together service members, civilians, and cadets to track, develop, and contribute to this emerging science—and one that is essential for cadets to understand as they emerge as officers in a highly-networked world. It will support cadet projects, develop research, compile related literature, and facilitate workshops and lectures, among many other things to become a nationally recognized center, leading the way in this exciting and emerging new field.

West Point Leadership Center
The West Point Leadership Center aims to advance and nurture responsible leadership development within West Point, the Army, government entities, educational institutions, and corporations. Through speaker series, conferences, inter-collegiate exchanges, curriculum development, and sound research, the center's impact will be experienced by cadets and leaders across all dimension of society.

West Point is often defined by its commitment to leadership development—a trait evidenced by the generations of cadets who have gone on to influence the Army, the nation, and the world. The Leadership Center will become West Point's primary vehicle for enhancing and disseminating its expertise and unique perspective on leadership to a wider audience.

Regenerative Medicine Institute (Pre-Med Education)
The Institute for the Study of Regenerative Medicine will be the first of its kind to bring together military and civilian researchers and scientists to address the unique medical needs of our nation’s combat wounded, advance the field of regenerative medicine, and train the next generation of medical, scientific, and policy leaders in this field. Its work, which will primarily consist of research, outreach, and cadet education, will address critical gaps within the medical community that are particularly relevant to our nation’s war wounded, such as the treatments of extremity injury, craniofacial injury, and skin injury. Though the Institute’s work will primarily focus on the needs of servicemen and women injured in combat, its research will inevitably influence the broader medical community as well.

In short, the Institute for the Study of Regenerative Medicine will distinguish itself from any other biomedical institute and have an enormous impact on West Point, the field of regenerative medicine, and our nation’s servicemen and women.

Academic Enrichment Program (13 departmental endowments)

Academy Scholars Program
The Academy Scholars Program includes: domestic internships at organizations and institutions such as the U.S. Supreme Court, the FBI, Facebook, and Lockheed Martin; cultural immersion opportunities that provide cadets experience abroad with foreign militaries, educational institutions, and NGOs; and cadet capstone projects, which facilitate advanced cadet-faculty research.

Cadet Semester Abroad
Studying abroad is not only an opportunity for cadets, but highly desirable in an increasingly challenging world with an increasingly complex role for our Army. The Semester Abroad Program supports the priorities established by the former Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Ray Odierno ’76, to develop future leaders by exposing them to diverse cultures and relevant world regions. Cadets study at civilian universities and foreign military academies to increase language proficiency, regional expertise, and cross-cultural competence.

EXCEL Scholars Program**
The Excel Scholars Program is a Dean’s-sponsored initiative started in 2010 to promote the personal and professional excellence of high performing cadets from underrepresented groups by encouraging them to strive for a higher standard and be an instrument for change. Excel accomplishes this mission through promoting diversity of the cadet leadership participant pool, identification of promising cadets from historically underrepresented groups, encouragement of ongoing excellence in the academic, military, and physical dimensions of the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS), and the nurturing of the talent to compete for post-graduate scholarship opportunities. Excel provides targeted enrichment aimed at improving writing, communication skills, technical expertise, research opportunities, and leader development.

Financial Literacy Program
The USMA Financial Literacy Program seeks to educate and arm its members with the knowledge and tools to make sound personal finance decisions for themselves and for their future Soldiers.  The program is both an academic endeavor that educates Cadets on the principles and practices of personal finance, and an enabler that facilitates practical investment experience using money held within the program’s endowment.  Administered by the Social Sciences Department, the USMA Financial Literacy Program builds upon current activities executed from within the Economics program.  These activities include expansion of the principles taught in the core economics course (SS201) and inclusion of current Investment Club education initiatives. 

Grand Strategy Program
This program would offer both our faculty and cadets a vision and framework for thinking about grand strategy from West Point's unique place of learning as the nation's premier leader development institution. In today's increasingly intricate global security environment, cadets and faculty must study the contexts and principles of grand strategy, which involves much more than tactical skills or operational proficiencies, but the achievement of broad political ends.

These ends include nothing less than the economic and human capital resources of the United States of America and, more significantly, the moral resources of our Nation's character and will to win future peace and prosperity.

A West Point Grand Strategy Program will sustain the Academy's commitment to intellectual excellence, strengthen our connection to the Army, DoD, academe and other elements of civil society around the world, and supply the nation with leadership capacity. GSP would tangibly provide curriculum development enhancements; cadet and faculty internships; conferences and research opportunities; outreach to DoD and civil society; and guest speakers who would offer myriad perspectives.

History Staff Rides
Staff Rides are a time honored tradition at West Point, offering cadets an invaluable opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of historical events and battlefields as well as current cultural and political dynamics. Staff Rides consist of domestic and international visits to locations such as Israel, Tanzania, South Africa, Turkey, Germany, and many others. Generally one faculty is provided for every five cadets, ensuring a high-level of instruction and close interaction. Staff Rides, which augment coursework through trips, intensive research, and elaborate cadet presentations, are of tremendous value to cadets’ education. They provide cadets the opportunity to immerse themselves in cultures and expose themselves to terrain far different than their own.

Social Sciences Senior Conference
Senior Conference is an annual event administered by the Department of Social Sciences on behalf of the Superintendent. The conference provides a forum for distinguished scholars, practitioners, and government officials to engage in candid discussions on topics of national importance.

As 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947, Senior Conference 52 will be the first of a two-part series that provides a framework for assessing how the world has changed over the past 70 years and the implications for how the national security institutions we have may differ from the ones we need.

This two-part conference is motivated by the insight that America’s existing national security infrastructure does not align with current and anticipated future national security requirements.  Senior Conference 2016, as Part I of a two-part series, addresses the following question: How have the international, domestic, information/technological, and social contexts changed since the end of the Second World War, and what are the implications for national security policy? 

Debates and discussions on these topics during Senior Conference 2016 will inform an edited volume of work intended to frame a conversation with senior leaders and decision makers across the national security enterprise in 2017.  Specifically, Senior Conference 2017 will build on Senior Conference 2016 by identifying specific institutional and procedural implications of changes in the U.S. national security environment and making recommendations that follow from these findings.

Thayer Honors Program
The Thayer Honors Program offers a path beyond the normal cadet experience for high-performing cadets and fosters small, rigorous learning communities that pursue academic depth through a variety of activities. Specific aspects of the Thayer Honors Program that are available and unique to its participants include: multiple intellectual experiences shared by participants throughout their West Point experience; early declaration of academic majors; off-campus internships and research projects; scheduling flexibility; and faculty mentorship.

Cadets emerge from this program with greater intellectual vigor and the skill set needed to tackle the complex challenges faced by today’s Army officers. Furthermore, the discussions, projects, and research that take place within this learning community have the potential to impact the entire Academy as well as the Army, and its mission directly contributes to a distinct need from within the Army for well-rounded leaders with both a breadth and depth of experience. 

USMA Graduate Scholarship Program
The Graduate Scholarship Program is a proven program within the West Point developmental model that offers a path beyond the normal cadet experience. It is an intensive mentorship program consisting of a formal course sequence and out-of-classroom experiences that help high-achieving cadets develop a long-term intellectual and professional vision for their service to the nation while also helping them apply for nationally competitive scholarships. Cadets emerge from this program as promising young leaders who are open to new perspectives, better able to solve complex problems, more experienced in effectively communicating with all audiences, and have demonstrated the strength of spirit to persevere and win. 

ADMISSIONS

Cadet Public Relations Council
Through this initiative, potential candidates have the opportunity to talk with cadets and ask questions about cadet life, West Point academics, and student activities. These opportunities are facilitated through congressional offices and civic organizations that invite cadets to speak at community events. The Campaign aims to raise a $1 million endowment to fully support this program.

Minority Visitation Program**
This visitation program pays for highly qualified minority candidates and an accompanying parent to travel to West Point and experience cadet life, including the barracks, academics, athletics, and cadet clubs. Not only does the program give qualified minority students the opportunity to experience West Point, but it also directly addresses many parents’ misconceptions about West Point. The Campaign aims to raise a $1 million endowment to fully support this program.

Summer Leaders Experience
This is a unique opportunity for promising high school juniors to spend a week at West Point and take part in academic workshops, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics, all led by cadets. It is an important recruitment initiative that immerses students in the “West Point experience” and is later cited by students as a key variable in their decision making when choosing West Point. The Campaign aims to raise a $1 million endowment to fully support this program.

ATHLETICS

A Club
As the fundraising arm of the Army Athletic Association, the Army A Club is responsible for generating support for the purpose of enriching the cadet- athlete experience at the United States Military Academy. The financial support from generous donors contributes to the program's long term growth and prosperity. It also supports the Academy's overall mission of producing leaders of character by providing an extraordinary Division-I athletic experience for our over 900 cadet-athletes.

For their tax-deductible gifts, members of the Army A Club receive benefits that are intended to thank them for their generosity, and allow dedicated supporters to stay involved and well informed about the Army Black Knights. Included in a wide range of great benefits, A Club members receive premium parking at football games, preferred seat locations at various venues, invitations to special events, and most importantly the gratification associated with impacting the cadet-athlete experience.

The Army A Club is not only the best way to support cadet-athletes, but also essential to the success of our 25 Division I athletic teams. By supporting the Army A Club, donors help the Army Athletic Association meet its financial needs, support its tremendous cadet-athletes, and maintain its high standard of excellence both now and in the future.
For more information, click here to visit the A Club website.

Athletic Team Endowments/Athletic Director’s Quasi-Endowment
Team endowments will ensure that each and every one of West Point’s sports continues to thrive, that cadets continue to have unparalleled athletic experiences, and that West Point remains a leader in all endeavors. West Point’s athletic teams regularly win conference championships, and its coaches and athletes are recognized nationally for their individual achievements. The AD’s quasi-endowment are discretionary funds that support a variety of priorities ranging from, among other things, team travel to facilities enhancements and from equipment and supplies to expenses associated with operations.  The AD’s quasi-endowment ensures that the 22 Division I teams at West Point are competitive and successful.
Arvin Annex*

Turf Field Project
Adding a new turf field on the east side of the Foley Center and south of Howze Field will provide (1) additional practice space for corps squad teams with the addition of women's lacrosse and increased needs of existing programs, and (2) additional space for summer camps and clinics used for recruiting and exposure for youth who may consider West Point in the future.

GARRISON

Cadet Chapel Organ
The Cadet Chapel Organ is one of the largest organs in the world. Its size, sound, and significance are a prominent part of West Point's culture, providing a century of recitals, services, and ceremonies that are experienced and enjoyed by cadets, graduates, families, surrounding communities, and national and international dignitaries. It is not just an instrument—but a historical and cultural fixture that represents as many memories as it has sounds.

But now, after a century of heavy use, the organ is in need of substantial, critical repairs that include salvaging existing pipes, incorporating new ones, and rebuilding parts all together. Such repairs are crucial in sustaining the organ's viability and continuing the cultural and historical traditions it has contributed to and signified for 100 years.

Constitution Island (Phase II)
Constitution Island is a 282-acre island off the coast of Cold Spring, New York, that sheltered American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and once linked the Great Chain to the western side of the Hudson River. It is also where the Warner Family house is located and where from throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, West Point cadets would visit every week for Bible study and for a break from Academy demands and routine.
Over the years, the Warner House and Carriage House have deteriorated, making it impossible for cadets to visit the very house cherished by so many before them. The West Point Association of Graduates is seeking funding to redevelop this historic island, to include the construction of a new Education Center. When complete, the island will be restored to a space where cadets can once again go, away from the rigor of Academy life, to learn and converse as they did so many years ago; where clubs and teams can train; and where the general public can experience and learn the history of the island, West Point, and the Historic Hudson Valley.

Morgan Farm Indoor Equestrian Facility READ BROCHURE
Equestrian training is a time honored tradition at West Point, with origins going back to the first years of the Academy's founding. Throughout the years, this strong bond between West Point and the horse has endured, and today's West Point Equestrian Team is a nationally competitive team with a long history competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which boasts over 400 colleges and nearly 8,000 riders nationwide.

While the team currently possesses excellent outdoor riding arenas and stable facilities at the Morgan Farm Equestrian complex, these facilities do not provide protection from inclement weather and seasonal changes, making it impossible to ensure consistent training throughout the year. The team is therefore hindered by a significant loss of practice time each year when compared with those of their competitors. And although the team has accomplished a record of success despite these challenges, it deserves a facility representative of its caliber—one that aids in training, meets the team's needs, and ensures future growth.

The West Point Association of Graduates is seeking funding to build the Morgan Farm Indoor Equestrian Facility, a new indoor riding facility that will provide needed space for the Equestrian Team, allow for year round training, and be accessible to the entire West Point community.

SUPERINTENDENT

Army Cyber Institute
ACI’s broad national charter incorporates the Joint Force, industry, corporations, non-governmental organizations, West Point, and government at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. The mission is to serve as the Army’s premier resource for strategic insight, advice, and exceptional subject matter expertise on cyberspace related issues affecting Army operations, organizations, and institutions. Its programming will bridge gaps and prompt information exchange across Army, military, academics, industrial and governmental cyber communities.

Distinguished Chair for Innovation & Strategic Engagement
The Distinguished Chair for Innovation & Strategic Engagement is established to assist West Point in fostering relevance and maintaining preeminence as the premiere leader development institution in the world.  The Chair will facilitate and synchronize West Point’s outreach activities to ensure consistency and integration with the Superintendent’s strategic goals.  The Chair will establish relationships with the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, academe, and industry to ensure West Point’s strategic objectives are appropriately nested.  The Chair will also advise the West Point staff and senior leaders in the areas of innovation, engagement, and excellence.  To accomplish this, the Chair will work with directorates and academic departments to identify opportunities for innovation through the delivery of intellectual capital; to coordinate guest speakers for conferences, symposia, and key events; and to enhance collaborative relationships with federal agencies, military education and training organizations, national research laboratories, academe, senior leader panels, conferences, and think tanks.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
It is critical that our graduates reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the Army they will lead, and of the citizenry they will protect. A diverse and inclusive organization that is representative of the society it serves will draw from the highest quality of available recruits, which inherently improve the force. We must have an environment, resources, and a strategy to attract and retain that talent and ensure every cadet’s success at the Academy. Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives will ensure that vital diversity and inclusion programs and Margin of Excellence initiatives continue to thrive, even during uncertain funding scenarios.

Grant Statue Monument
West Point currently has a number of statues surrounding The Plain to commemorate notable graduates and individuals that have shaped West Point’s history. These statues do not just commemorate individuals but serve as a source of inspiration, and as reminders of West Point’s storied past, to the thousands of cadets and visitors that pass them every day. Missing from these recognized historical icons is Ulysses S. Grant, class of 1843. Among Grant’s many personal achievements and military accomplishments, he is best known for being General of the Union Army at the end of the Civil War and later becoming the 18th President of the United States. In recognition of his service as a soldier and later as a politician, a statue of Grant on The Plain is an overdue addition to the existing statues that inspire all those that pass by.

SUPT’s Endowment/Annual Fund
The Superintendent's Fund exists to provide the flexibility to direct funding where it's needed most. The Superintendent can direct needed funds to any of West Point's major activities where federal funding is not currently available, ensuring that cadets have access to a wide range of opportunities and resources.

The Superintendent's Fund supports co-curricular clubs, academic trips, research projects, cultural immersion trips, capstone projects, and academic conferences. Such opportunities are truly what define the Margin of Excellence and are what make West Point the nation's top college and the world's renowned leadership development institution.


USCC

Cadet Activities
Cadet Activities (DCA) provides co-curricular, recreational, cultural, spiritual, and social outlets for cadets that contribute to cadet development militarily, physically, academically, ethically, spiritually, and socially. DCA is comprised of more than 100 different clubs. Every activity provides valuable leadership opportunities for cadets, placing them in charge of training, scheduling, budgeting, travel, and other operations. Annual operating funds as well as a few club endowments are needed.

Department of Military Instruction Fund/Endowment
Details To come

Department of Physical Education/Human Performance Laboratory
Developing and maintaining physical fitness is clearly important to West Point and the Army; however, cadets are increasingly coming into West Point with lower fitness levels. In order to improve cadets’ physical fitness and enhance their training, West Point has created the Human Performance Laboratory.

This Lab, which has been established by the Department of Physical Education, will provide testing, analysis, and feedback on physical performance. It will measure and analyze cardiovascular performance, speed and force, muscle mass and bone density, and hormones and electrolytes, among many other things.

The work and findings produced by the center will not only provide for a more personalized and refined fitness plan for individual cadets, but it will improve training for sport teams and clubs and generate research for the larger Army.

Modern War Institute
While West Point has always trained and educated its cadets in modern day warfare, technologies, and strategy, it has no central program or hub that coordinates these lessons and disseminates them across the curriculum. The Modern War Institute (MWI) will conduct tactical, operational, and strategic research that moves the boundaries of current military and academic knowledge and serves as a resource for the Academy, Army, and nation. Whether a soldier, scholar, or student, the MWI will serve as the source for the study of modern war and warfare.

**included within Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives