Fort Bragg Leadership Development Program Hacking for Defense Spring 2021


This project was completed through Hacking for Defense at James Madison University, which allows college students and universities to partner with the the Department of Defense to learn about working in the defense and intelligence sectors. This program, which originated at Stanford University, allows students to solve rapidly emerging and evolving threats.


Our team's sponsors were MAJ Orlando Gelpi and CPT Kenneth Harris, Behavioral Health Officers (BHOs) with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (CT) and 82nd Airborne Division. The mission of this brigade is "To deploy worldwide within 18 hours of notification, execute a parachute assault, conduct combat operations, and win".


The team was tasked with developing a solution to counterproductive leadership at Fort Bragg. According to recent Command Climate Surveys, there is a strong correlation between low morale, high alcohol consumption, and suicide with soldiers who view their leaders negatively. Military leadership at Fort Bragg recognized that an intervention is required in order for all leaders to engage with their subordinates and peers in a positive manner.

OUR Team

Nick Cilento, Management major, GSCM Minor. His interests include project management, research, and intent-based leadership.
Jillian Lynch, International Affairs major. Her interests include data processing, scholarly research, professional writing, and journalism.
Lydia Manson, Psychology and WRTC major. Her interests include leadership methods and outcomes, Terror Management Theory (TMT), existential psychology, and creative writing.
Armon Sadeghi, Management major. His interests include Agile methodologies, project management, and social justice.

Proposed solutions

In order to foster communication, interpersonal skills, and feedback, we developed the structure and possible topics for the Fort Bragg Leadership Development Program. This program lasts ten weeks, and covers a different topic related to leadership development at each meeting. We created examples of surveys to be used to apply to participate and to assess the program. Below, there are links to a new site, our deliverable, where one may find the structure of the solution and our vision to execute it, examples of application and assessment tools, topics for the program based on our research and interviews with members of the 3rd Brigade CT, and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Weekly Process


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