Military Education for the New Age
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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During his transition from Princeton University to the White House, Woodrow Wilson is alleged to have said that academic politics are the worst kind because the stakes are so low. As any dean with curriculum revision experience will attest, Wilson had a point. Squaring curricula with student needs at the expense of faculty interests is a complex task. The stakes clearly have changed, however, at least in the context of professional military education PME at the war colleges. Not only has the post-Cold War era placed new substantive and pedagogical requirements on military educators, but new demands on the relationship between PME institutions and the policy community as well. Adapting to this change is the basic challenge confronting the war colleges today. The issue is straightforward either the war colleges become agents for change within the individual services and joint arena or they become anachronisms. Whatever the nature of academic politics, the downside is irrelevancy at best and demise at worst. Five major factors contribute to this phenomenon.
- Information Science
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics