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Three Counterterrorism Fellows Receive Awards from Army War College

June 10, 2020

Three fellows in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Sanford School’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy fellowship program have received writing awards for their capstone research papers from the Army War College. 

The awards were announced by the commandant of the U.S. Army War College in May, and were given to students in the college for excellence in the communicative arts.  All three fellows are active-duty members of the United States Army.

The fellows are required to complete a scholarly paper that meets graduate school level standards under the direction of a Duke faculty member.

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  • 2020 Counterterrorism Fellows Win Army War College Awards

    Award-Winning Writers

    Three fellows in the Counterterrorism and National Security Fellows program won awards for writing from the Army War College. The papers were written as part of their capstone projects in the program. Left to right: Bulter, Croot, Gomlak

The fellows who received awards are:

Col. Dave Butler (mentored by Phil Bennett, former professor of the practice of public policy and journalism)
The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research
Beyond Belief – When Conspiracies Are More Believable Than Truth: Battling the Kinetic Counter Narrative in Combat

Col. Ed Croot (mentored by Ken Rogerson, director of graduate studies, MPP program)
The AWC Colonel Francis J. Kelly Special Operations Writing Award
There is an Identity Crisis in Special Forces: Who are the Green Berets Supposed to Be?

Col. Matt Gomlak (mentored by Simon Miles, assistant professor of public policy and Slavic and Eurasian studies)
Colonel and Mrs. T. Bristol History Writing Award
A Thousand Dead Indian Horses: Soldiering in a Complex Environment

The Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship program provides midcareer professionals in the national security and counterterrorism fields with a grounding in national security studies and the policymaking process.

The fellows are drawn from the military, foreign service, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

The one-year program provides both intellectual rigor and hands-on exposure to the issues comprising the study of counterterrorism, public policy and U.S. national security. 

"I'm really proud of the efforts of all the fellows.  I think these senior professionals arrive at Duke with a passion to more deeply understand some aspect of their past experience and better prepare themselves for future leadership roles,” said Tim Nichols, director of the program

“The Sanford faculty generously mentors the fellows in their research and analysis.  The quality of their work reflects the very essence of a policy school like Sanford--scholars and practitioners exerting themselves, combining their respective skills and experiences, and working together to tackle real challenges."