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Frank Miele

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked beside 7 other interns at a DoD-sponsored research institute in support of USSTRATCOM to transform a sophisticated academic war game that investigates a possible Russian conflict with Ukraine. The scenario focuses on a suspected Russian strategy of employing low-yield and ultra-low-yield nuclear weapons. The intent is to discover paths for de-escalation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My lead mentors were the former Chief Scientist at Air Force Global Strike Command and former USSTRATCOM Strike Advisor to the President. Their academic expertise of strategic deterrence and nuclear warfare enlightened me on the importance of my academic achievements if I hope to play an influential role in maintaining peace with our adversaries.

"It is of the highest importance that I reflect intensely on what I have learned and maintain close contact with my internship mentors for professional purposes."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The military leadership that enables this institute to provide senior military officials with the most accurate and timely research available displayed for me the caliber of person necessary to facilitate business in this critical field. It is of the highest importance that I reflect intensely on what I have learned and maintain close contact with my internship mentors for professional purposes. While I am still unsure as to whether I will pursue strategic deterrence further, I am certain that as a future Army officer, the skills I learned here are entirely transferable.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I was given this internship entirely based on my efforts within the Army ROTC program. All credit for my professional and personal development, leadership training and academic proficiency that resulted in my being awarded this opportunity should be fully accredited to the program cadre.

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