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The United States Army War College: "Time for a Change"
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States Army War College USAWC has served the nation by providing professional education to military officers, government officials, and international fellows since 1906. During that time, the curriculum and focus of the college has changed to reflect the geo-political environment within which the United States Army and Department of Defense has operated. This ability to adapt to the changing environment allowed the college to maintain its relevancy for the last 110 years. Today, the environment is shifting again a looming budget crisis, changing operational demands, shifting Army officer culture, changing educational technology, and emerging doctrine are factors that call for the USAWC to adapt beyond curriculum changes and conduct a complete review of how senior military officers are educated. This paper analyzes the USAWC system and argues that the Ten-Month Resident Program as the primary means of educating Senior Officers is in need of change. It presents innovative solutions that dramatically challenge and improve the current construct to better meet the needs of the officers and the nation.
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