The deadline for applications to the AHI’s acclaimed WAPONS in Washington, DC has been extended to May 29, 2023. Application materials should be sent to either AHI Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon (, or AHI President Robert Paquette ( There is no electronic application process.


1. The most recent transcript of courses and grades.
2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
3. A 500-word essay on what the applicant considers to be the most critical national security challenge the U.S. faces today, and how it might be addressed.

The AHI’s WAPONS program, now in its seventh year, aims to prepare promising and motivated college students for the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment by offering them an opportunity to engage with some of the best thinkers on and practitioners in the field of national security.  Participants will be afforded a rare inside glimpse of the many different cultures that must all work together to succeed. By observing the process of national security policymaking up close, from the perspective of the practitioners themselves, the program will serve to encourage and enhance the students’ leadership skills and open opportunities for future professional development.