National Security Scholars & Practitioners Program (NSSPP)
The NSSPP gathers 25-30 individuals in the mid-stage of their careers for a weeklong workshop on the future of war, exploring U.S. competitive advantages and disadvantages, large questions about the changing nature of conflict, and possible implications for the United States, including strategy, doctrine, and force structure. The workshop participants also conduct an alternative scenario exercise to better understand the range of possible future security environments in which the United States may operate.
The Merrill Center supports two domestic staff rides and one international staff ride per year for Johns Hopkins SAIS Strategic Studies students. Staff rides are on-the-ground studies of military campaigns or larger conflicts. The staff ride is a practice developed by the Prussian General Staff in the 19th century as a means of educating military officers. The practice was brought to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1906, and has been used as an educational tool by the U.S. military and other organizations dedicated to the teaching of strategy ever since.