Editor-in-Chief JP Clark had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Major General David Hill, the 53rd Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Their discussion begins with the best-known activity at Carlisle, the education of strategic-minded, joint-qualified warfighters from across the Department of Defense, U.S. Government, and international fellows. But the commandant also comments on the many other activities conducted by Army War College, including executive education for general officers and sergeants major, extensive research in all aspects of national security, and world-class wargaming. There is even the preservation of one of the best collections of artifacts and documents relating to the history of the U.S. Army.
I think the U.S. Army War College almost has an instinctual reaction for people to think almost exclusively about what has been the traditional senior service college experience. But this is a small organization, but with broad reach, that really does help us be experts at advancing knowledge in the global application of land power and in connecting partners and the public with the United States Army War College and the United States Army.
Major General David C. Hill serves as the 53rd Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. In his immediate prior assignment, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Corps of Engineers. MG Hill holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He received his commission in 1990 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
J.P. Clark is an associate professor of military strategy teaching in the Basic Strategic Art Program. He served in the army for twenty-six years as an armor officer and strategist. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Duke University, an M.S.S. from the Army War College, and a B.S. in Russian and German from West Point. He is the author of Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917 (Harvard, 2017). He is currently working on a history of U.S. military strategy in the Pacific from 1898 to 1941 that is under contract with the University Press of Kansas. He is the 3rd Editor-in-Chief of War Room. Follow him on Twitter @JPClark97.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: MG David Hill addresses the Army War College Landpower Symposium, held from May 9 to 11 at the Army Heritage and Education Center. The event brought together military leaders, experts, and scholars to discuss key issues shaping the future of landpower.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army War College