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History Discussion at CGSC

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?

March 21, 2014 - Posted by | H300, military history, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. In addition to the impact on cyber as well as relevance of social media and sheer mass of information available (including speed and access) that we previously discussed with this clip; what strikes me most about the video is the notion that we are “preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

    As such, the training and doctrine we are developing today needs to look forward to future capabilities and threats. As this is difficult, perhaps the best tact is to focus on mission command to empower leaders and managers and improve overall service-member specialties through challenging training. If done right, training does not lock someone into a specific piece of gear (effectively giving them an expiration date), but trains them to understand concepts, processes and demonstrate an ability to learn and grow. By emphasizing continuous training and independent study as well as team training to capitalize on book knowledge of recently trained juniors with experience of those who have been in the seat for a while. In theory, this would help develop a cadre which can stay current through on-the-job (OJT) training and focused refresher training through distance learning, mobile training teams, certifications and CBT.

    The threats and technologies will evolve and it is critical that we be ready to adapt to the current cutting edge technology when the situation requires it. Since we can’t see the next Military Revolution coming, and often have difficult adapting to Revolutions in Military Affairs, the focus needs to be in maintaining good research and development, building partnerships and networking within the commercial world and heavy focus on mission command and training.

    Comment by LCDR Matthew Krull | March 28, 2014

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