Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD)
Law graduates tell us that some of their most valuable and memorable experiences as cadets involved their summer internships, or AIADs (Academic Individual Advanced Development.) These opportunities to observe, learn and gain practical experience are powerful and instructive for our future military leaders.The Center for the Rule of Law offers different types of AIADs.
Point-to-Point - our newest program will send two cadets to work with local citizens in the distressed slums of the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. They will collect data and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a specific area of Liberia's legal system.War Crimes Staff Ride - a seven-nation educational tour through Europe immerses several cadets in the practical and legal realities of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Visits to sites of mass graves and talks with survivors of conflicts helps cadets to comprehend the importance of international humanitarian law. Washington, D.C. placements - selected cadets each year are fortunate to work at such sites as the Supreme Court, Congressional offices and the U.S. Secret Service. District Attorney Offices - each year about 25 cadets return to their hometown area to gain meaningful experience working in their local District Attorney's office.AIAD Programs in Development:The Islamic Law Staff Ride - created by Dr. Mark Welton would allow Cadets to interact within Islamic communities in other nations to learn first hand about the Shari'a (Islamic Religious Law) and its extensive effects on Islamic life and the current conflicts.The Environmental Law Staff Ride - developed by Dr. Robert Goldstein takes cadets on the ground to critical locations in the world to learn about current environmental concerns from the warfighter's perspective.The Civil Rights/Posse Comitatus Staff Ride - would take Cadets to various historical locations within the US to study the development of the Civil Rights movement and military interaction with domestic affairs.
Grades are determined based on a journal of daily activities, the quality of the work actually performed during the internship, and a briefing which is presented to the department faculty upon the cadet’s return.
For more information, please contact Colonel Dave Wallace, AIAD Team leader, at (845) 938-3398 or David.Wallace@usma.edu.