Abom at National Security Seminar

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The United States Army War College, based in Carlisle, PA, has selected Nell McCormack Abom, founder and president of Nell McCormack Abom Communications, to participate in its prestigious National Security Seminar (NSS) to be held at the Carlisle Barracks, June 6-9, 2016. Lt. Col. Stuart Werner nominated Abom to participate as a civilian in the symposium which serves as the academic capstone for the 2016 graduating class of the College’s Resident Education Program.

“Nell is well regarded for her intellect and her gift for civil discourse honed over years of reporting and advising Pennsylvania governors and business leaders on communications and crisis-related matters,” Werner said. “The students, faculty and fellow nominees participating in this year’s seminar will benefit from Nell’s perspective on effective communications strategies.”

“I am humbled, grateful and proud of my selection for the NSS,” Abom said. “The opportunity to discuss global security issues with some of the brightest minds in international military strategy is incredibly exciting and rewarding. I will thrive on conversations about the best ways to communicate complex defense and security issues.”

Army War College students and invited civilian guests will critically examine national security matters during the four-day summit. Presenters include U.S. and international military strategists sharing insights on pressing global defense issues. This year, nearly 400 civilian candidates from around the world were nominated with 160 participants selected.

“The National Security Seminar (NSS) is designed to heighten our students’ understanding of the society they serve and the interests, issues, and trends that Media Contact: Lucy Gnazzo LM Gnazzo Promotion Strategies gnazzo@msn.com 717-979-0692 influence the formulation of national security policy. At the same time, our NSS guests gain a better understanding of the perspectives and concerns of the defense community,” noted Major General William E. Rapp, Commandant, in an announcement of the selection.

The War College is the Army’s center for strategic thought and delivers senior-level professional education to members from all the Armed Forces and select civilian national security professionals. As such, the College likes to say that Carlisle Barracks is the most strategic 500 acres in the United States. This year’s graduating class includes 79 International Fellows. The Fellows, selected by their respective governments for a year of study in the United States, represent the best of current and future strategic leaders, and have served to strengthen U.S. security alliances and partnerships around the globe for 38 years.

Abom has built a career telling stories and starting conversations with some of Pennsylvania’s most compelling people. She won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy as host of Smart Talk on witf-TV, was a senior communications advisor to Pennsylvania Governors Bob Casey Sr. and Tom Ridge, consults now for Tierney on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s economic-development account, and represents, among other clients, the Red Land Little League 2015 U.S. World Series Champions and Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Abom is the recipient of numerous professional awards for broadcast journalism and public relations. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.