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John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program

Section 932 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 directs the Secretary of Defense to establish within DOD a civilian fellowship program known as the John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program. The Washington Headquarters Services is responsible for program implementation. DCPAS oversees participation in the Fellows Program.

The Fellows Program is designed to provide leadership development for the commencement of a career track toward senior leadership in the DOD. The purpose of the program is to recruit high performing and talented individuals with advanced degrees located throughout the United States. They will gain experience and develop their leadership capabilities through challenging opportunities to flourish into problem solvers, strategic thinkers, and future leaders. The Fellows Program is a one-year assignment with the potential for outplacement into various career fields within the DOD.