Accession Number : AD1042084

Title :   Culture for Violence: The Strategic Impact of the Olmsted Scholar Program

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Walsh,Thomas A

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : In 1959, Major General George Olmsted (USA, ret) founded the Olmsted Scholar Program. Olmsteds goal was to create a cadre of warrior-statesmen who were equipped, through cultural immersion, with language and cultural skills and a uniquely broad perspective. As the underwriter of the current world order, the United States faces an engagement imperative, one which requires its military to engage with partners and adversaries alike. In view of this, the Thesis examines the strategic value of the Olmsted Scholar Program. Building on Stephen Rosens theory of military innovation, the Thesis shows that the military service branches value Olmsted Scholars, though to varying degrees, for their language and cultural skills. Interviews with retired and active senior military officers reveal that participation in the Olmsted Scholar Program imbues Scholars not only with language and cultural skills, but also with valuable cognitive skills. Though several areas require further research, the Thesis finds that the Olmsted Scholar Program provides strategic value to the US military and the United States.

Descriptors :   military research , FOREIGN LANGUAGES , Cross culture (Sociology) , Foreign policy , Officer personnel , International relations , Courses (Education) , Military strategy

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE