West Point Security Conference
February 28 - March 3, 2013
In February 2013, the USMA Model United Nations Team plans to host the West Point Security Conference, a four-day security and diplomacy simulation involving colleges and universities from all over the globe. The simulation, which will be developed in cooperation with unique Department of Defense assets, will model the national security apparatus of the United States through interconnected committees as it reacts to a real-time crisis. The crisis simulation will replicate the national security apparatus of the United States while simultaneously introducing influential businesses and the European Council. Throughout the conference, each of the interconnected committees will react to a real-time, continuously evolving crisis. WPSC will focus on crisis prevention, resolution, and mitigation through a “whole government” approach, and delegates will create pre-emptive resolutions for national security concerns before the crisis expands.
The West Point Security Conference will operate at a relatively small scale in comparison with many of the conferences on the Model United Nations circuit, in order to produce an intensively focused and accurate simulation. In addition, WPSC will also host an agenda of distinguished speakers and social events. The primary objective of WPSC is to foster the development of close professional relationships between military and civilian college students who may soon be involved in the direct leadership of both components of U.S. foreign policy.
The WPSC staff is lead by the Commander, Ross Boston ‘13, and the Chief of Staff, Brandon Moore ’14. Additionally, Crisis will be lead by Benjamin Ketchum ’13, and Operations will be headed by Warren Geary ’14. Together with many other members of the USMA Model UN Team and Cadets throughout the United States Corp of Cadets at large, we are committed to a stellar experience to foster communication and understanding between the future’s military and civilian leadership.
The increasingly complicated nature of international political crises creates the need for accordingly complex and nuanced U.S. solutions, utilizing both military and civilian elements in a cooperative national security apparatus. The U.S. government, however, is struggling to provide an environment for effective communication and working relations between military and civilian bureaucracies. Despite a growing focus on this goal, the nation has been unable to implement a whole-government approach to resolving crises. A suitable solution to this problem cannot consist only of better efficiency-based military decision making; rather, it must truly integrate both military and civilian approaches and doctrines to produce revolutionary tools for crisis-management. This kind of a solution, however, necessitates the education and development of principled military and civilian leaders, with a training focus on more effective cooperation. While the nation has been well equipped towards developing military leaders at the college level, civilian college students must also understand the crisis-management process on domestic and international levels in order to implement it in the future.
Each University will be assigned a different bureaucratic component of the United States national security apparatus, and the delegates representing these organizations will act in accordance with the policy interests and intentions of that body (i.e. the Department of Defense). This will accommodate collaboration within universities such that the integrity of the conference is not jeopardized by school allegiances. Awards will be presented to the best performing delegates, committees, and universities. Award criterion for individuals are objectively based on individual talent in debate, quality and creativity of ideas, presentation of researched arguments, and the ability to build and apply a consensus within the committee, all the while promoting the interests of their organization. The delegate’s representation of their assigned committee role, pre-conference submissions, and pursuit of group policy will be taken into account.
Execution and Standards
In early February 2013, a basic memo will be provided to all attending delegations in order to brief them on the background of the WPSC crisis as well as the roles and positions of each delegate and delegation. By the time of conference check-in, each delegation will write and submit a white-paper articulating their bureaucracy's policy goals in reference to the crisis, and steps for implementation. No individual policy papers will be necessary.
Additionally, within the committees, delegates' work will be directed not only towards utilizing their portfolio powers, as well as the consensus of the group to enact policy recommendations, but also into drafting policy memos to be viewed by committee chairs and the President in order to direct the course of policy.
While ultimately a competition on the delegate and delegation levels, the primary goal of the WPSC simulation will be to reach a peaceful and multilaterally advantageous resolution of the crisis through an effective ‘whole-government’ approach.