MAJ Aram Donigian
Major Aram M. Donigian is a native of Elgin, Oregon. He is a 1998 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelors Degree in American History. He earned Dean’s List honors and graduated 10th in his class.
Following graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry, Major Donigian reported to Fort Benning, Georgia, where he completed basic officer training in addition to the Bradley Leaders Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School. Major Donigian served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and headquarters company executive officer with 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California from 1999-2002.
After completing the Infantry Captains Career Course and CAS3, Major Donigian reported to the 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska, in 2003. He served as the Task Force Adjutant for 18 months, including a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Major Donigian then commanded Company C, 1-501 for 18-months, graduating from the jumpmaster course and earning his senior airborne wings. Additionally, Major Donigian led co-training events with both Indian Army paratroopers and Australian Army units.
After being selected to return to West Point to be an instructor with the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department, Major Donigian attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration in June 2008 and reported to West Point for a three year assignment. He is currently an instructor for the Military Leadership, Negotiation for Leaders, and Human Resource Management courses.
In 2009, he co-launched the West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP) and currently serves as co-director of the Project designed to enhance the ability of small unit military leaders to engage in the complex and challenging negotiations they face in both peace and combat situations. Major Donigian has created and executed negotiation skills training for units deploying or deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also visited the National Training Center (NTC) and Intermediate Level Education (ILE) to catalogue the contemporary negotiation techniques of the Army. In March 2010, he planned and hosted the first WPNP Conference, which included representatives from 10 different ROTC units and Service Academies. He has collaborated with the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Royal Military Academy of Canada, the Air Force Center for Negotiation Excellence, TRADOC’s Culture Center, and the Army Research Institute. He has presented his negotiation work to the International Association of Military Pedagogy and the International Military Testing and Assessment Association. Major Donigian deployed to Afghanistan this past summer to conduct negotiation research and instruction while mentoring management faculty at the National Military Academy in Kabul. He is a co-author of the recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “Extreme Negotiations.”