Duke University Interviews 2016-2017 Fellows on their Experience at Duke 

Legalized Marijuana Presents Recruiting Dilemma for US Military 

2014-2015 Duke CTPP Fellow, COL David Shafer, works with Sanford MPP group on Army enlistment policy in an age of legalized marijuana: “An Army officer at the local recruiting officer is talking to an 18-year-old, a physically fit high school graduate with good grades and a clean record, who is eager to enlist. But he also uses marijuana. If the recruiting office is in Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal but still against federal law, the Army loses a promising recruit….” [more]


Navy Officer Gains New Perspective In Counterterrorism Fellowship

“U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chavius Lewis completed a 2015 Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. During his time at Duke, Lewis explored the feasibility of employing merchant vessels for offshore presence and launch of U.S. military operations….” [more]

U.S.A. Today quotes COL(P) Ron Clark (2013-2014 Fellow) and the need for more diversity among senior Army officers

“WASHINGTON–Command of the Army’s main combat units–its pipeline to top leadership–is virtually devoid of black officers, according to interviews, documents, and data… ” [more]

COL Ron Clark (2013-2014 Fellow) addresses the need for more African Americans in the Infantry and Armor branches of the U.S. Army.

COL Ronald Clark, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School, is researching reasons for the dearth of African American senior officers in the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor branches. Calling the imbalance a “tyranny in numbers,” Clark hopes his research can lead to significant reforms. [more]

CAPT (Sel.) Jamie Sands (2013-2014 Fellow) reflects on “The Personal Impact of Long Wars on our Military Leadership

I woke to the sound of my cell phone ringing early on a Saturday morning. I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and braced myself for what I knew would be bad news on the other end of that line. I didn’t know yet, but this time there was nothing I could do to be ready. A fellow SEAL officer and close friend of 25 years responded to my “hello?” and got right to business. [more]

Program Brings National Security Fellows to Duke – Jackie Ogburn, Sanford School of Public Policy