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Transforming Air Force Education for the Long War and Beyond

Lt Gen Stephen R. Lorenz (USAF) writes in Air & Space Power:

Air University is currently in the process of transforming for the “long war” and beyond. The idea of a university reorganizing for war may seem odd, but in the Western way of war, warriors and academics have always enjoyed a close relationship. The West’s first great general, Alexander, was tutored by Aristotle, and when he went to war, he did so with academics in his train. According to noted military historian Victor Davis Hanson, the close relationship between warriors and scholars in the Western way of war is one of the main reasons for its success across the millennia.1 In the US military, the connection between thinkers and fighters has become closer than ever, and exploiting this relationship to the fullest will prove key to winning the current war. Doing so, however, will require understanding how military education differs from the traditional civilian model and reorganizing our present system of military education to meet the emerging challenge.

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