Transformation and Professional Military Education: Past as Prologue to the Future   [open pdf - 256KB]

Now more than ever, it would appear that America needs officers who possess a deep understanding of the difficulties involved in the use of force in the international arena as well as understand the complex problems involved in the political and strategic challenges confronted by the United States in the post-Cold War World. The United States needs officers, more widely educated not only in the profession of war, but in understanding foreign cultures, languages, international affairs, and military history. Moreover, a number of senior civilian officials in the Department of Defense (DoD) as well as in the Congress have become interested in the subject of professional military education. It would appear then, that an examination of the period when professional military education rendered signal services to the armed forces of the United States in their preparation for war would be useful in thinking about how serious education could contribute to the preparation of officers for an uncertain and ambiguous future.

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Murray, Williamson. National Security Challenges for the 21st Century. Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2003, ch. 1.
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