West Point at AUSA 2021 West Point at AUSA 2021 West Point at AUSA 2021 Previous Next Breadcrumb ausa Welcome to the United States Military Academy at AUSA Our Cadets and Faculty work hard throughout the year to develop, design, and execute research projects that solve Army and other real-world problems. Enrichment activities provide experiential learning opportunities for cadets to see the intersection between theory and practice. This collection is just a sample of the great work being done at USMA. In addition, we selected a sampling of our other current projects and initiatives to highlight what we currently have ongoing at West Point. America's Army and Its People West Point was established in 1802 as the first Military Service Academy in the United States. West Point continues to evolve as an institution to prepare cadets as Leaders of Character for the future challenges they will face once they commission as 2nd lieutenants in the Army. Previous Next Cadet Summer Training 2021 In support of the USMA Military Program, the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) provides operations officers for the following Cadet Summer Training events that are comparable to battalion and brigade levels of responsibility. Click here to view photos and videos from Cadet Summer Training 2021. To view all the photos from Cadet Summer Training 2021, click here. USMA 2035 USMA 2035 is the United States Military Academy’s holistic 15-20 year modernization effort to renovate, retrofit, and modernize its academic, military, and physical development facilities, capabilities, and infrastructure. The keystone for our overarching modernization effort is the Academic Building Upgrade Program (ABUP), as well as the Cyber and Engineering Academic Center (CEAC). The CEAC is a 136 thousand square foot, state-of-the-art facility, that will modernize USMA’s engineering, technology, and cyber education capabilities and enable us to remain at the forefront of engineering education. These efforts will enable us to execute our mission to meet the Army’s need by providing the most highly qualified, capable, and ready officers. This effort will also ensure that USMA remains postured to sustain, modernize, and secure its position as the preeminent leader development institution in the world. Click here to learn more about the USMA 2035 modernization efforts. The Least-Worst Decisions Led by Dr. Michael Geheran, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point has created a case study analyzing the actions and decision-making of LTG (R) Roméo Dallaire during the Rwandan Genocide. Titled, The Least-Worst Decisions, its purpose is to instill in future military officers a sophisticated understanding of genocide and mass atrocity and to push them to think creatively about prevention. The case study is intended to drive home to faculty and cadets that genocide and mass atrocity present the ultimate challenge to leaders, revealing that there is no formula, no right or wrong, no specific path to good leadership. It is also a warning that leadership in genocide has great costs, to the leader, to followers, to institutions, and to those whom peacekeepers are meant to protect. The Least-Worst Decisions was completed with significant support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as faculty from the University of Notre Dame. Learn more about the Department of History’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Transforming for the Future West Point collaborates across the Army Commands, Department of Defense, and other Federal Government Agencies to create new knowledge and advance research in different disciplines. Many of these projects have immediate applicability, while some of them are truly groundbreaking initiatives. You are encouraged to review the projects and reach out to the primary point of contact if you want further information. Invisible Force: The Future of Information Warfare In a connected world, everyone has the power to instantly broadcast information in a manner previously reserved for trusted media. Erosion of gatekeepers has enabled diverse perspectives to flourish, which comes with a cost: Information is now valued solely on its ability to go viral versus on truth and accuracy. How does the military engage in this new landscape? Click here to watch the graphic novel trailer. Click here to learn more about the Army Cyber Institute’s Threatcasting and Information Warfare. Virtually Mapping The Arctic CDT Nicole Wantlin ('22) is remotely mapping permafrost terrain in the Arctic using drones to feed data to software trained to pick up changes over time (for instance, frost heaves and/or thermokarsts). The technology would also allow for detailed 3D modeling of under-mapped territory. This research will contribute to the Army’s understanding of the changing terrain and how to potentially navigate different areas. Watch a video here. Learn more about the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering’s Center for Environmental and Geographic Sciences. Jack Voltaic Digital connectivity makes infrastructure more efficient -- but also makes it more vulnerable. Because cyberattacks affect interconnected sectors, resilience is critical. The Army Cyber Institute developed the Jack Voltaic project to understand the cyber and physical interdependencies between critical infrastructure sectors, help cities identity possible gaps in incident response, and encourage a “whole-of-community” approach to future build solutions. Click here to learn more about ACI’s Jack Voltaic project or click here to watch a video on Jack Voltaic 3.0. The Great Melt MAJ Jared Stefani is studying the economic opportunities and security challenges in the Artic. This paper examines the ongoing Great Power Competition in the Arctic, the resulting shift towards trans-Arctic commercial shipping and how it may destabilize the benefactors of current shipping routes, and the U.S. reluctance to assume a leadership role in the Arctic. This is critical to understanding which countries and corporations will establish rules, commercialize routes, and capture rewards in the Arctic. Watch the video here. Learn more about the Department of Social Sciences’ Research Lab. Full Spectrum: Capabilities and Authorities in the Cyber and Information Environment This ACI co-edited series with the Modern War Institute focuses on cyberspace and the information environment. The series is a fantastic starting point for anyone conducting research or interested in learning more about great power competition. To learn more about the Full Spectrum series on the Modern Warfare Institute website, click here. Vertical Lift Twisted Rotor Blades CDT Emma San Martin ('22), in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering faculty, developed a set of twisted rotor blades for use on a robotic miniature helicopter. The process used to develop the new rotor blade can possibly serve as a model for future vertical lift advancements. This development will also provide an enhanced understanding of vertical lift for future cadets. Learn more about her work here. Learn more about the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering’s Center for Innovation & Engineering. Autonomous Quadrotor We present an autonomous quadrotor capable of safely landing on sloped surfaces up to 40 degrees, intended for emergency scenarios in which only sloped landing terrain is possible. The proposed system has been validated in various trials in a motion capture environment. No failures or crashes occurred during testing, demonstrating the viability of this system for use in real-world scenarios. Click here to view the Autonomous Quadrator video on YouTube. Indy Autonomous Challenge CDT Andres Rodriguez (’22) is working on this head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the famed Indianapolis Brickyard. Partnering with Purdue University, the Black & Gold Autonomous Racing Team is programming a modified, autonomous Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights race car to outrace and outmaneuver competitors. It can be integrated into vehicle systems, contributing to Army innovation on the battlefield and beyond. Watch the video here. Learn about the team here. Learn about our Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s Robotics Lab. CEMA Lite Kit This joint research effort and development proof of concept indicates the tools needed to put Cyber Eletromagnetic Activities (CEMA) capability within reach of tactical units. The kit's provides an initial operational capability to the joint force entry (JFE) and covers the gap from parachute hour (P-hour) to the first airland and arrival of bravo echelon for 1st Basic Combat Training (BCT), 82nd Airborne Division. This will be used to benchmark similar efforts to determine which assets are most accessible to deployed forces in tactical environments. Learn more at the Army Cyber Institute. Academy News Previous Previous Next Next September 30, 2021 Corbin Women’s Leadership Forum Talks About Increasing Responsibility The Margaret Corbin Women’s Leadership Forum hosted an event on Sept. 20 at the Regimental Room inside the Cadet Mess Hall during Women... READ MORE September 23, 2021 MX400 Cadets Immerse With Future Soldiers During Oath Ceremony Future Army Soldiers, from the Albany Recruiting Battalion, take the Oath of Enlistment Sept. 7 at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. READ MORE September 9, 2021 West Point Facilitates Hostage Negotiation Conference With Law Enforcement Agencies How do cadets prepare to deal with the mental and emotional pressures that come with guiding their Soldiers once they commission into the... READ MORE September 16, 2021 West Point Dedicates Monument To Buffalo Soldiers In 1973, history was made. First, West Point renamed a vast stretch of grassland, Buffalo Soldier Field. READ MORE September 30, 2021 Corps Of Cadets Participate In Annual Tunnel To Towers 5K Run The Corps of Cadets participated in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K run on Sunday in New York City. READ MORE September 16, 2021 Evolution Of Women In The Military Leads Conference Discussion The U.S. Military Academy hosted its 18th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference Sept. 9 at various locations on West Point. READ MORE Previous Previous Next Next September 30, 2021 Corbin Women’s Leadership Forum Talks About Increasing Responsibility The Margaret Corbin Women’s Leadership Forum hosted an event on Sept. 20 at the Regimental Room inside the Cadet Mess Hall during Women... READ MORE September 23, 2021 MX400 Cadets Immerse With Future Soldiers During Oath Ceremony Future Army Soldiers, from the Albany Recruiting Battalion, take the Oath of Enlistment Sept. 7 at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. READ MORE September 9, 2021 West Point Facilitates Hostage Negotiation Conference With Law Enforcement Agencies How do cadets prepare to deal with the mental and emotional pressures that come with guiding their Soldiers once they commission into the... READ MORE September 16, 2021 West Point Dedicates Monument To Buffalo Soldiers In 1973, history was made. First, West Point renamed a vast stretch of grassland, Buffalo Soldier Field. READ MORE September 30, 2021 Corps Of Cadets Participate In Annual Tunnel To Towers 5K Run The Corps of Cadets participated in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K run on Sunday in New York City. READ MORE September 16, 2021 Evolution Of Women In The Military Leads Conference Discussion The U.S. Military Academy hosted its 18th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference Sept. 9 at various locations on West Point. READ MORE Learn More About the Academy From the day of its founding on March 16, 1802 , West Point has grown in its size and stature, but it remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America 's Army. Click here to learn more about the Academy or take a virtual tour. For those interested in applying to West Point, visit the Admissions page. To learn about Assignment Opportunities at West Point, click here. About the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Army ROTC is the largest officer-producing organization with the American military, having over 600,000 men and women have earned a commission through the program. Among them are two chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, seven Army chiefs of staff, two Cabinet secretaries and a sitting Supreme Court associate justice. Few other military commissioning sources can claim such significant lineage. Throughout the last hundred years, the U.S. and its Army faced numerous challenges both at home and abroad. Wars against despotic foreign governments were fought and won; economic depressions endured; medical, scientific and technological advances were made; and U.S.-led peacekeeping operations contributed to greater global stability. Click here for more information about the Reserve Officer Training Corps. About the Officer Candidate School (OCS) The mission of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment (Federal Officer Candidate School) is to train, educate, and commission officers in order to provide the Army with leaders of character who live by the Army Ethic. Click here for more information about Officer Candidate School.