“Education is still based on a 20th century vertical structure based on time in service and experience.
Graduate school, command and staff, and then senior war college assignment depend on seniority and not need.
Hence, while a relatively junior officer serving in a joint assignment in the Middle East or Arabian Gulf where the more advanced education of a war college might be important, he or she would have to wait to become more senior before attending.
As US national security issues become more complicated, interrelated and less amenable to easy or simple solution, and as resources will be subjected to greater constraints, the nation can draw on a not-so-secret weapon to prepare our military for this dynamic new world. That weapon is education on which the Department of Defense spends many billions of dollars a year.
But, while these individual institutions generally work well, they are still…
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