Cadet Development


Brown Bag Lunch Sessions

Monthly “brown bag” lunches for cadets feature speakers from the field of negotiation and senior cadets in the WPNP.  Above, cadets negotiate during a role-playing exercise as part of a brown bag.

Cadet-Run Training

WPNP Cadet Program members launched a pilot project, the “Basic Officer Negotiation Course,” during the Fall semester of 2011.  Cadets who had completed Negotiation for Leaders taught negotiation to other cadets who had not had the opportunity the take the course.

Research and Projects

Selected WPNP Cadet Program members or other cadets interested in negotiation may conduct research during their junior and/or senior year at West Point.  Cadets may share their work through various means, including West Point Projects Day presentations and student conferences.


WPNP Cadet Program members have participated in summer internships (AIADs) with the FBI Academy, Los Angeles Police Department, GE Global Union Relations, ESPN, Boston Scientific, Institute for Creative Technologies, EastWest Institute, Defense Intelligence Agency, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) and other organizations in various public and private institutions. Find out more here.

Negotiation Education in the Classroom 

The WPNP works to integrate and improve the effectiveness of all negotiation education efforts at West Point.  All cadets at West Point are introduced to principled negotiation as part of their required leadership course, Military Leadership (PL300), during their junior year.  Many cadets also have the opportunity to take a negotiation elective, Negotiation for Leaders (MG390).  Other negotiation-related courses available to cadets include Winning the Peace (XH467) and International Conflict & Negotiation (SS476). 

  • MG390: Negotiation for Leaders 
  • XH467: Winning the Peace 
  • SS476: International Conflict & Negotiation  

Cadet Program

The cadet program is a major activity within the WPNP.  Under faculty supervision, cadets plan and execute outreach and cadet development efforts within the Corps of Cadets, such as the planning and execution of an annual negotiation workshop for West Point cadets and their counterparts from the Reserve Officer Training Corps and other military service academies.  
Cadets also assist WPNP faculty engaged in training operational units, advising and assisting military leaders engaged in real-world negotiations, researching, publishing, and otherwise reaching-out from West Point to influence the wider military.

Cadet fellows are selected cadets who have demonstrated a strong desire to help the WPNP serve the Corps of Cadets and the wider military.  Fellows are selected annually, from among cadet program participants.  All current cadet fellows have completed the course Negotiation for Leaders (MG390) and served as a teaching assistant on one or more WPNP mobile training teams, training either U.S. Navy SEALs; Army Civil Affairs troops; or military members of provincial reconstruction teams, mobilizing for deployment to Afghanistan.