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Military History and the Future

What are the military implications of this video? Does history, particularly military history, help understand or put these implications in context? How?

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March 28, 2011 - Posted by | H300, military history, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. I would say that one of the military implications of this video is that we can anticipate that the Army will continue to “transform” continuously throughout the course of our careers and beyond. I remember as a young Soldier hearing that the Army was transforming, and wondering from time to time, “Aren’t we done yet?” We will never be done. We can anticipate that Soldiers will end up serving in MOSs that did not exist when they first enlisted; it is happening for some already.

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    Comment by Rachel Wienke, 17D | April 1, 2011

  2. I beleieve the most important military implication of this video, as it pertains to the “U.S. Military” is pretty simple: we need to keep ourselves at the tip of the spear in force/systems development. We need to drive the military innovations and revolutions of the future. If we can stay on the cutting edge, than we’ll most likely have an advantage. Although it is true that technology can be stolen, duplicated, etc., I’d still rather be the one who developed it in the first place than the one reverse engineering it ….. probably like the Chinese are doing right now with the stealth helicopter pieces that were left behnd during the raid in Pakistan on Osama bin Laden.
    Military history does help us understand these implications: the military innovators, those who led change, or rather drove change, had a distinct advantage over those trying to catch up. Look at the tactics of the Romans as an example – their innovations in weaponry, armor and tactics amde them unstoppable in at their height. It wasn’t until other armies began to learn and adopt the Roman tactics that they were finally defeated. That goes for the Naploeonic era as well …….. striking examples of the power of innovation.

    Comment by Daniel T. Rempfer, SG 17D | October 19, 2011

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