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Student Conference on National Affairs

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SCONA 64 hosted high-profile speakers, 15 roundtable facilitators and over 100 students and cadets from across the nation. 

The 64th Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) was held from February 14-16. This conference, modeled after the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point, allows students from across the country to discuss the role of the United States in the world. This year’s conference topic was Extinguishing the Flames of Fury: US Strategy and Response in the Face of Global Terror. 

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  • Ben Hall ’20, Chair of SCONA 64, gives an opening speech after delegates checked in.

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  • Each roundtable is led by a facilitator who is an expert on the topic.

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  • Students and cadets from across the nation attend SCONA.

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  • Corps Sergeant Major Luke Thomas enjoys his time during a round table session. 

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  • Jose Goyco, a Special Agent for HSI/ICE, leads his roundtable into discussions on human and drug trafficking.

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  • Students work hard during roundtable sessions in order to produce their policy paper. 

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  • Over one hundred students and cadets from Texas A&M University and universities across the nation participated in the conference.

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  • A terrorism panel was held during the conference in order to further discuss the topic and answer questions from the audience. 

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  • The Corps of Cadets conducted a pass in review for SCONA. 

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  • Lt. Gen. Marshall Webb, Commander of U.S Air Force Special Operations Command, was one of the speakers at SCONA. 

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  • Members of the Ross Volunteer Company pose with Former Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

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  • Andrew Card, Former Chief of Staff to President George W Bush, talks about his experiences. 

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  • Former FBI Special Agent and counter-terrorism expert Ali Soufan discusses the 9/11 attack.

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  • The U.S. Army War College hosted the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise on February 12-13, which many of the SCONA delegates attended.

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  • The International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise is a diplomatic stimulation in which delegates are divided into country teams and engage in negotiations. 

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