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U.S. Army soldiers at an opening ceremony for the new headquarters of U.S. Forces Korea at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, June 29, 2018 (AP photo by Ahn Young-joon).

Young Officers Are Hungry to Learn Strategy. Will the U.S. Military Listen to Them?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Traditionally, the U.S. military considered strategy something its officers should learn only when they had reached what the military considered to be an appropriate stage of their careers. While a tiny handful of officers taught themselves strategy earlier than that through rigorous personal reading, most were introduced to it only as they advanced in rank.

Recently, though, the idea that officers should only learn strategy once the services decide they are ready for it has been challenged—not so much because the military itself has changed its position, but because a group of young officers have begun mastering strategy outside the strict confines of the military’s formal educational system. This has sparked the emergence of a small, informal community of next-generation strategists. Their efforts bode well for the future military and provide indications of how it may evolve. ...

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