by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Lieutenant Colonel Earnest R. Lloyd, was awarded the Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes Reserve Components National Security Strategy Writing Award given for excellent writing by a reservist on Reserve Component issues for his paper titled Stability Operations, Civil Information Management and Spatial Decision Support Systems.
According to Lloyd, a doctoral student in the Urban Planning and Public Policy Program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the award is sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and focuses on the role of the Reserve Component in support of national military strategy.
In a written statement, Lloyd said his paper, “examined the difficulties of information management and analysis during Stability Operations (e.g.: Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Assistance, Reconstruction) and the potential application of Urban Planning and Economic techniques in mitigating those problems.”
Lloyd received the award at the United States Army War College graduation ceremony this July where he also received his diploma for completing the Master of Strategic Studies Degree.
Lloyd says the United States Army War College’s senior level program “is designed to enable its graduates to successfully function at the strategic level of leadership.” He was one of 348 graduates of the United States Army War College Class of 2013 distance education program.
Lloyd notes that the curricula includes: strategic thinking (critical, creative, systems, ethical, historical); strategic leadership (leading and managing organizational change within volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments); Defense Department Organization and Processes (including capabilities development/integration, programming/budgeting execution, and defense system acquisition); national security policy and strategy; theater strategy and campaigning; and working within Multiservice, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational environments.
Barbara Becker, Dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, attended the graduation ceremony. She, along the faculty and staff of the School, congratulates Earnest on his accomplishments.