Preparing Navy Officers for Leadership at the Operational Level of War
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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No officer is inherently prepared to effectively apply and orchestrate military forces throughout the broad spectrums of space and time germane to the operational level of war. The Navys Professional Military Education PME curriculum must, therefore, prepare officers for the challenges and responsibilities of such leadership. The U.S. Naval War College has a rich history of preparing officers who would eventually excel at the operational level of war. Best exhibited by what is known as the applicatory method during the Interwar period, students were ingrained to think critically according to the decision making principles within the Estimate of the Situation. They then applied their decision making abilities to wargames. Validated by the Pacific Campaign successes of those officers who had previously benefited from this War College preparation, this combined and integrated educational focus is the best means of preparing officers to lead at the operational level. Maritime PME should be refocused accordingly.
- Humanities and History
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics