Accession Number:

ADA612234

Title:

A Path Less Chosen: An Assessment of the School of Advanced Military Studies

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

The School of Advanced Military Studies SAMS is one of four schools at the US Army Command and General Staff College CGSC, and has three programs The Advanced Military Studies Program AMSP, the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program ASLSP, and the Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program ASP3. SAMS is the planning school, and SAMS graduates are planners It is this commonly held belief that typifies the field Armys expectations of the school, expectations that should guide the school in its mission and curriculum. However, is there a difference between what the Army in the field expects a SAMS Advanced Military Studies Program AMSP graduate to be capable of when they complete the program and what SAMSAMSP actually educates that officer to do This is the primary question answered in this monograph. The expectations of the Army come in the form of results of a survey, conducted by the school in 2007, of Army general officers in Divisions and Corps. The data indicates the leaders of the Army in the field expect what the school has traditionally produced and has gained a renowned reputation for critical and creative thinking, problem solving planners and staff officers. These expectations have been shaped primarily by the performance of graduates of the Advanced Military Studies Program, AMSP, and also by its 30 year history. These performances include the operations in Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq. The combat operations in Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq suggest that SAMS and AMSP are incrementally evolving in an attempt to stay relevant to the US Army and the changing geopolitical context since the end of the Cold War. Of course the school and its graduates know they are much more than planners for the Army. Many graduates go on to successfully command at many echelons and the school has several current general officers as graduates of one of its three programs, with many more in the retired ranks. This study concludes that the current initiatives

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE