Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Future of Professional Military Education

The Future of Professional Military Education

  • April 18, 2012
Joan Johnson-Freese

Professor of national security affairs (NSA), US Naval War College (USNWC)

Thomas E. Ricks

Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Maj. Gen. Robert Scales

US Army (ret), formerly Commandant of the US Army War College

Robert E. Feidler

Director, Defense Strategic Education

Director, Army Affairs, Reserve Office

Mackubin Thomas Owens


Professor of NSA at the USNWC

Senior Fellow, FPRI


On April 18, 2012, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) presented a workshop of leading authorities to discuss the current state of professional military education (PME) in the United States. The education of military officers is an important element of national security decision making and civil-military relations, but much debate surrounds how to educate strategic leaders.

This workshop uses Joan Johnson-Freese’s Winter 2012 Orbis article “The Reform of Military Education: Twenty-Five Years Later” to discuss and debate the current state of PME.

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