The WaPoNS program aims to prepare promising and motivated college students for the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment by offering them an opportunity to engage with some of the best thinkers, practitioners, and both current and former officials in the Intelligence Community, Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, including premier think-tanks and democracy-building organizations, thus affording the participants a rare inside glimpse of the many different cultures that must all work together to succeed.  By observing the process of national security policymaking from the perspective of the practitioners themselves, the program will improve the students’ leadership potential and open new potential professional opportunities.  

Funding for this program has been provided by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. 


Application requirements:

•    The most recent transcript of courses and grades 
•    Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
•    A 300-word essay on one of the following topics:
     * Cognitive security and disinformation
     * Cyber warfare and WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) 
     * Cryptocurrency and cyber security

     * Role of the media and the academy     
     * Public diplomacy and foreign assistance

The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (the AHI)

Inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s life and work, the AHI was created to help cultivate a genuinely free marketplace of ideas and promote excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy and capitalism. In furthering the conversation among individuals, campuses and organizations across the country, the AHI continues to build a legacy where evidence and argument prevail over ideology and cant.