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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 1:19 p.m. PST

…. PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION

"The school year is about to start, and not just for the kids. Senior-level professional military education is about to begin a new academic year, with new classes of students from across the services preparing to embark upon ten months of education that is meant to elevate their thinking from the operational and tactical to the strategic level. In the two years since the release of the National Defense Strategy (and the now-infamous paragraph that declared professional military education to be "stagnant"), a heated debate has emerged on the pages of this website about the best ways to accomplish the mission of professional military education. Suggestions for improvement have spanned the gamut, from teaching students to be good staffers to introducing diversity both in the faculty and the curriculum to improving the ways in which we assess strategic competency. Others have pushed back, pointing out that professional military education already is highly responsive to change and warning about the dangers of the "good idea fairy." In April, James Lacy of the Marine War College proposed another solution: All professional military education institutions should include board game wargaming as a part of their curriculum.

While this recommendation may hold appeal with those who are explicitly focused on military history and operational art, Lacey's proposal is both short-sighted and misses the importance of diversity in professional military education both between service colleges and in the curriculum itself. There is little doubt that experiential learning can be a valuable part of any education, including professional military education. But it also comes in many forms, all of which have benefits and costs. If the mission of professional military education is to educate the next generation of senior leaders about the strategic level of war and expose them to the tools they will need to succeed at that level, then we must use a variety of methods across the service colleges, rather than defaulting to a series of one-size-fits-all solutions…."
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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 6:47 p.m. PST

As the course manager of a university course called "Experential Learning" this was a very useful read – thanks for posting

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2019 11:40 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

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