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A Partnership For Peace: How Cooperation Between The National Military Academy Of Afghanistan And Kabul University Benefits Both Institutions And The Afghan Nation

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Education in the Mid-East / Asia

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International

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

13.78.1 - 13.78.8

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https://peer.asee.org/4076

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Richard Gash United States Military Academy

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Major Richard Gash, P.E. is an instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point. He graduated from USMA in 1996, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He has since earned Master of Science Degrees in Geophysics from the University of Missouri, Rolla and Earthquake Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served in a variety of military assignments around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan. During the summer of 2007 he served as a member of the implementation team at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan.

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C. Conley

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Chris Conley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1978), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University (1980, 1983). He has served as a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In his 13 years on the USMA faculty he has taught a variety of courses in the civil and mechanical engineering programs, and has collaborated on research with Army laboratory personnel.

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Scott Hamilton United States Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hamilton is currently the Senior Advisor and Team Chief at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan . He earned a B.S. degree from USMA, and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University in 1994. An active duty Army officer, he has served in a variety of military engineering assignments around the world and is a registered professional Engineer in California. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point for 7.5 years, teaching courses in engineering mechanics, structural analysis and Home Brewing.

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Paul Krajeski U.S. Naval War College

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Lieutenant Colonel Paul C. Krajeski is currently assigned to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island as faculty in the Strategy & Policy Department. He graduated with an Infantry commission from the United States Military Academy in 1985 and holds a Ph.D. in History from Florida State University. In his previous assignment, Lieutenatn Colonel Krajeski supported Operation ENDURING FREEDOM at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in Kabul, where he was Chief of the American Implementation Team from 2006 - 2007. Other assignments include various Infantry positions in Korea, 1st Ranger Battalion, “The Old Guard,” Ft. Campbell, and Kosovo. Additionally, he was the Professor of Military Science for the University of Rhode Island ROTC from 2002 – 2006.

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Stephen Ressler United States Military Academy

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Colonel Stephen Ressler is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point. He earned a B.S. degree from USMA in 1979, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Lehigh University in 1989, and a Ph.D. from Lehigh in 1991. An active duty Army officer, he has served in a variety of military engineering assignments around the world. He has been a member of the USMA faculty for 16 years, teaching courses in engineering mechanics, structural engineering, construction, and professional practice.

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A Partnership for Peace: How cooperation between the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and Kabul University benefits both institutions and the Afghan Nation

Abstract

In the winter of 2007 the leadership of the National Military of Afghanistan (NMAA) and the Dean of Engineering at Kabul University formed a partnership designed to meet the immediate needs of both institutions. After just a few short months the intended results of the partnership are already being realized. More importantly however, a greater strategic benefit soon began to emerge. Upon graduation, the cadets from NMAA will provide the Afghan National Army with a new generation of leaders--professionals who have been educated, in part, by members of Kabul University, one of the most respected academic institutions in the region. Should their spirit of cooperation extend the beyond the classroom it will help legitimize the Afghan Government, thus contributing to national and regional stability.

The partnership was devised and implemented by advisors to the Afghan Academy from the United States Military Academy (USMA). Under the agreement Kabul University provides the Afghan Academy with adjunct instructors for its fledgling engineering program. In return, the University benefits through its faculty working closely with the USMA advisors and having access to the most up-to-date US engineering texts educational material that they otherwise would not have access to. Furthermore Kabul University, whose engineering laboratories have been wasted by years of conflict under both the Soviets and the Taliban, can also benefit from NMAA’s state of the art lab facilities.

The partnership is working and even growing. The Academy recently completed its first term of engineering instruction and three of the Kabul University adjuncts have been selected for graduate fellowships in the United States. Kabul University has prepared a second set of instructors to facilitate NMAA’s next academic semester. This early success has reinforced the partnership. Both institutions are fully committed to its continued success and looking for ways to expand it. Options to do so include joint field trips, lectures, and student conferences. The Academy is also considering establishing a similar relationship with the Polytechnic University of Kabul.

Afghanistan today is in desperate need of engineers to help rebuild its national infrastructure. The National Military Academy of Afghanistan, with the help of Kabul University, is poised to provide military engineers ready for the task.

Introduction

In the early months of 2007 the leadership of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA) and the Dean of Engineering at Kabul University formed a partnership designed to meet the immediate needs of both institutions. For NMAA that need was clear: identify qualified instructors to teach the civil engineers desperately needed by the nascent Afghan National Army (ANA). Kabul University’s need was more abstract: further develop

Gash, R., & Conley, C., & Hamilton, S., & Krajeski, P., & Ressler, S. (2008, June), A Partnership For Peace: How Cooperation Between The National Military Academy Of Afghanistan And Kabul University Benefits Both Institutions And The Afghan Nation Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4076

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