Students Attend Peace and Stability Conference

By Brian Deliberato’17


Cadet Brian Deliberato NU ’17 and General Gordon R. Sullivan US Army, NU ‘59

Being able to attend the Peace and Stability conference presented by The Association of the United States Army was an eye opening experience. General Gordon R. Sullivan United States Army retired Norwich University class of 1959, invited Dr. W. Travis Morris and myself to the conference. General Sullivan served as the President and CEO of AUSA for 18 years; AUSA’s mission is to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and the men and women who serve.

The conference included two discussion panels with speakers from departments of the United States government and the private sector. The purpose of the conference was to address peace and stability operations and look for opportunities to shape a future that achieves U.S. national objectives. As current seniors in the Norwich Army ROTC program, we focus our attention on war-fighting operations and leading troops through armed conflict. While attending the conference I became aware of both stability operations and peace operations that are taking place around the world. These operations are handled by multiple agencies including The Department of Defense, USAID, and The State Department. These three agencies work together to help countries overcome violent situations and ensure peace is continued with stability operations.

During the Future Opportunities for Peace and Operations discussion panel, participants delved into the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Panel member LtCol Chester J. King, a United States Marine, gave a vivid depiction of the human rights violations occurring in South Sudan. He spoke about how out numbered and out matched the United Nations troops are in the daily conflicts between forces. In an effort to amend the current situations, LtCol King described the need for leaders who can give threat assessments as well as assign properly trained and equipped troops to the situation.  These adjustments would allow the United Nations to enforce the current plan and successfully complete the mission.

While at the conference, I was also able to meet COL David E.Brigham United States Army, Norwich University class of 1988. COL Brigham was the DOD representative during the Stability Operations Opportunities panel discussion. He spoke highly of current interagency relationships and its positive impacts on operations today. These relationships are essential as the number of active duty soldiers is decreasing and the United States refocuses its main efforts. I believe that students studying military tactics and training in ROTC would benefit if taught about peace and stability missions. The United States needs its next generation of leaders to understand these operations and the efforts of our nation to assist others who are in need.