Program Description

The program of study for the U.S. Army War College Fellowship (AWCF) at The University of Texas at Austin has a trilateral focus centered on the relationships between national security policy and process, technology and industry, and Army/Joint policy and process. Fellows fulfill their primary academic requirements by attending and participating in graduate-level university courses. Although there is an emphasis on courses taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and McCombs School of Business, Fellows are encouraged to take courses offered throughout the university that are relevant to their careers and interests. Though originally designed for Acquisition Corps officers, the curriculum is highly adaptable and can be tailored to meet the needs of Fellows regardless of specialty. In addition to the schools and colleges, numerous university-affiliated centers such as the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Clements Center for National Security, Center for Leadership Excellence, and other interdisciplinary efforts offer Fellows unique opportunities for intellectual broadening and meaningful, cutting-edge research. A structured guest speaker dialog series with key Army staff, component commanders, operational leaders, industry representatives (military and commercial), Congressional representatives, and university faculty and researchers complements the academic program.

The Fellowship is proudly sponsored and supported by the President of the University of Texas at Austin. The AWCF Director is Lieutenant General (Ret.) Joe Yakovac, who previously held positions as the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps from 2003-2007.

Program History

1992 — The U.S. Army designated The University of Texas at Austin (UT) as a host university for the Army War College Fellowship. The UT program was initially designed for Acquisition Corps senior field-grade Army officers and their civilian counterparts — all having technical specialties — to study in an academic environment compatible with their backgrounds and career needs

1993 — Officers from the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard were included in the program

1997 — The Army added a Modeling and Simulation (M&S) track designed for officers with M&S and Operational backgrounds and interests

1998 — The Acquisition and M&S tracks were integrated and run concurrently, providing participants with curricula in both specialties

2011 — The Fellowship moved from the West Pickle Research building to main campus to enhance and expand the educational experience

2017 — The Army added a specialized Fellowship in Latin American Studies

Today — Officers from a variety of career fields are selected to attend the Fellowship. The broad academic offerings at UT allow Fellows representing many different specialties and interests to meet their unique educational needs