Naivete and National Security.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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A survey was made to determine if American youth understands why and how the United States departed from the pre-Wilsonian policy of no permanent alliances to become allied with 47 different nations in 11 treaties in a period of only 12 years. The primary survey source was a questionnaire on both attitude and knowledge completed by nearly 200 American youth. More than half of the knowledge questions were missed by 65 percent of the youth sampled. The analysis concludes that American youth is naive with respect to national security affairs, that such naivete is caused by inadequate school curricula and causes dissent, disaffection, and disunity. Recommendations are made to induce educational institutions to make their curricula more relevant in the area of national security by having the uniformed services take the lead in presenting high quality instruction which is responsive to the interests of our nation. Author
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