Accession Number : ADA241056

Title :   The War Colleges: The Joint Alternative.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Hollingsworth, Stephen L.

Report Date : APR 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This paper examines the recommendations of the Skelton Panel as they apply to joint eduction at the senior service colleges. It reviews the historical basis and development of the senior service colleges to determine the impact previous studies and proposed changes have had on the education of senior American military leaders. It also reviews the recent reaction of senior military leaders and civilian writers to the Skelton Panel findings. The paper concludes that the Skelton Panel's recommendations are a step in the right direction. It contends that the Panel did not go far enough in correcting the historical impediment to a functional joint education system--individual service prerogatives. The paper recommends the formation of a strengthened National Defense University system under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. All senior service college students would initially attend either an air, land or sea senior service college composed of a balanced faculty and student body (e.g. equal service representation). The curriculum would be developed and overseen by the Joint Chiefs of Staff rather than the individual services. Selected students would attend a second year at the National Defense University to address issues of national military strategy.

Descriptors :   *UNIVERSITIES, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY TRAINING, HISTORY, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY STRATEGY.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE