Military Education

Military Education

by Gregory C. Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275975975

ISBN-13: 9780275975975

Pub. Date: 12/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Often the only time a nation evaluates the education of its armed forces is during the aftermath of a great military disaster. Even in the light of an overwhelming victory, such as the Gulf War, questions about how well military education was addressing the study of asymmetric warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs, the role of non-state actors and

Overview

Often the only time a nation evaluates the education of its armed forces is during the aftermath of a great military disaster. Even in the light of an overwhelming victory, such as the Gulf War, questions about how well military education was addressing the study of asymmetric warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs, the role of non-state actors and international relations in the new world order were the subject of debate in and around the various staff colleges and military universities in the West. This work brings together the ideas of international scholars, all recognized as leaders in their fields, to examine the professional military education experience of various nations during the last 250 years. Case studies of each branch of the military reveal success and failure in the past and present, with a goal of improving military education in the future.

Underlying themes clearly reveal the need for those questioning military education to utilize history as the preferred method and model of imperial analysis. These include economics and defense spending; national psyches and the proper maintenance of armed forces; and the importance of individuals, both military and civilian, with a clear vision, determination, and the moral courage to formulate and support military education programs. In practice, training often predominates over education, and the result has frequently been an officer corps that has not functioned well in peacetime preparations and has ultimately failed on the battlefield due to an inability to think effectively. This study highlights the role of civilian educators as vital in the creation of successful educational programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275975975
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2002
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Conundrum of Military Education in Historical Perspective by John B. Hattendorf

Educating Bellona: Carl von Clausewitz and Military Education by T.G. Ottee

"No Officer Rather than a Bad Officer:" Officer Selection and Education in the Prussion/German Army, 1715-1945 by Dennis E. Showalter

Sylvanus Thayer and the Ethical Instruction of Nineteenth-Century Military Officers in the United States by Lori Bogle

History as Process and Record: The Royal Navy and Officer Education by Andrew Lambert

Officer Education and Training in the British Regular Army, 1919-1939 by David French

To Make the Men for the Next Crisis: The USAF Air War College and the Education of Senior Military Leaders, 1945-1993 by Mark R. Grandstaff

The War Colleges and Joint Education in the United States by Thomas A. Keany

The Labours of Athena and the Muses: Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Canadian Military Education by Ronald G. Haycock

European Military Education Today by Peter Foot

Bibliography

Index

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