National Security Education Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

On September 8, 2011, Senator David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma and author of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991, and Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, addressed Boren Fellows, Scholars, members of the National Security Education Board, and esteemed colleagues in the international education arena at a gathering in Washington celebrating 20 years of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Both speakers highlighted the importance of language skills and cultural understanding to developing international partnerships and improving U.S. national security, praising NSEP for its commitment to provide linguistic and cultural training for American students through the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary, NSEP also released a video that highlights Boren Fellows and Scholars, and includes comments from Dr. Stanley and Senator Boren.

Since the creation of the National Security Education Program, 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students have studied in more than 100 countries through Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

For more information on the history and programs of NSEP, please see our 20 Year Anniversary Review.

Senator David L. Boren speaks on the importance of language and culture training
Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, addresses the audience on the future needs of language and culture training
Dr. Michael Nugent, Director of NSEP, addresses the audience
Senator David Boren and Dr. Clifford Stanley with 2011 Howard Baker award winner, Ms. Meghan Iverson of the Office of Naval Intelligence
Senator David Boren and Dr. Clifford Stanley with 2011 Sol Linowitz award winner, Mr. Ahren Schaefer of the State Department, Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Dr. Clifford Stanley greets NSEP Board member Ms. Paula Roberts of ODNI
Boren Fellows gather with NSEP Board member Mr. Mark Gerencser, Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Michael Nugent with Congressman Dan Boren and Boren Fellow
National Security Education Board member Dr. Todd Stewart, Director of Institutional Partnerships at Michigan Technological University, left, meets with Boren Fellowship Alumna and NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator for Policy Integration Rebecca Spyke Keiser; and other Boren Award
Boren Fellows gather at the 20th Anniversary of NSEP
Boren Fellows and National Ground Intelligence Center Representatives
Senator David Boren, NSEP Board member Dr. Christopher Howard, President of Hampden-Sydney College, and Boren Fellow