FIX JPME? LOOK TO THE CARLISLE SCHOLARS METHOD

“The evolving and dynamic security environment, which includes disruptive changes in the character and conduct of warfare, demands immediate changes to the identification, education, preparation, and development of our joint warfighters.”
That’s a direct quote from the May 2020 Joint Chiefs of Staff Vision and Guidance for Professional Military Education (PME) & Talent Management. PME institutions at all levels were directed to re-look how and what they taught. Before comin gto the Army War College Marc Sanborn thought he knew what that meant based on previous experience in the PME enterprise, and it wasn’t good. Sanborn, a graduate of the AY21 Resident Course and a member of the unique Carlisle Scholars Program (CSP), suggests that CSP is exactly the type of program that meets the intent of the Joint Staff’s vision. He explains that CSP can be implemented widely, despite critics, and provide the academic rigor and benefit to the DoD that creates incredibly capable joint warfighters of the future.

REFLECTIONS ON MILITARY STRATEGY: KILLING ANNIHILATION VS. ATTRITION

There is no good reason to think that there are only two forms of strategy, or that they are annihilation and exhaustion. It is long past time to kill the idea that the basic strategic approach is between annihilation and exhaustion or attrition. For Americans, the problems started with a single chapter in an edited […]

STRATEGY AS PERFORMANCE: EDUCATING STUDENTS TO GO BEYOND ENDS, WAYS, & MEANS

One weakness of the way we view strategy … is that we neglect the environment Professional military education (PME) plays a vital role in preparing military leaders to fight and win the nation’s wars. PME occurs at all levels of leadership, required for the most junior non-commissioned officers to the most senior flag officers and […]

DRONES AND THE DISRUPTION OF NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGIES

Drones are … muting proponents [of other elements of national power] through the perceived efficiency of a low risk military solution. Drones are disrupting America’s approach to establishing and maintaining national security. Drones have been used to conduct hundreds of officially acknowledged strikes outside of combat zones, creating a market for combat options where none […]