Strengthening national security through critical language and culture expertise
On September 8, 2011, Senator David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma and author of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991, and Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, addressed Boren Fellows, Scholars, members of the National Security Education Board, and esteemed colleagues in the international education arena at a gathering in Washington celebrating 20 years of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Both speakers highlighted the importance of language skills and cultural understanding to developing international partnerships and improving U.S. national security, praising NSEP for its commitment to provide linguistic and cultural training for American students through the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary, NSEP has also released a video that highlights Boren Fellows and Scholars, and includes comments from Dr. Stanley and Senator Boren.
Since the creation of the National Security Education Program, 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students have studied in more than 100 countries through Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.
For more information on the history and programs of NSEP, please see our 20 Year Anniversary Review.