ERIC Number: EJ923856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Educating Warriors: Globally Engaged and Culturally Aware
Yu, Maochun Miles; Disher, Timothy; Phillips, Andrew T.
Liberal Education, v96 n2 p22-29 Spr 2010
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, has a clear and well-understood mission: to prepare leaders for service in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Most people know something about "Navy." But what most people don't know is that Navy also provides a top liberal education to all midshipmen, and that one of the central elements of that liberal education is an understanding of global and cross-cultural dynamics. It should come as no surprise that military leaders need a strong foundation in and understanding of global cultures and foreign languages. In the post-9/11 world, it became clear to the Department of Defense that a few fundamental adjustments in its overall strategies were necessary. Overwhelming the enemy with firepower and technology alone is no longer sufficient; military leaders have to develop their abilities to collaborate and cooperate with international partners, to comprehend and communicate in different ways with peoples who think and behave very differently from themselves, and to understand that complex human interactions occur daily on the "battlefield," either in face-to-face encounters or in military-facilitated humanitarian, disaster relief, and peacekeeping efforts. These adjustments made it imperative that the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps take action quickly to adjust the educational preparation for the nation's future military leaders. That imperative took the form of a major doctrinal policy known as "A Cooperative Strategy for Twenty-First-Century Seapower," or "Maritime Strategy" for short.
Descriptors: Armed Forces, Military Personnel, General Education, Liberal Arts, Educational Change, Strategic Planning, Leadership Training, Communication Skills, Language Skills, Perspective Taking, Futures (of Society)
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