Hosted by the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, September 25-27, 2019

Every two years the Strategy and Policy Department of the U.S. Naval War College hosts a meeting designed to bring together teachers of strategy and related topics.  This year we will examine the different ways these fields are taught at Professional Military (PME) institutions, with a focus on the war colleges, and on alternative methods and techniques for the classroom.  We also hope to create friendships and associations that will last and will help the next generation of scholars who take teaching seriously.

Overview Agenda:

  • Panel 1: Professional Military Education Approaches
  • Panel 2: Civilian Institution Approaches
  • Panel 3: Economics and Political Economy
  • Panel 4:  Insights from recent literatures.
  • Panel 5: Business School Approaches to Teaching Strategy since the 1950s
  • Case Study Exercise in Strategy:  “Planet Fitness: No Judgements, No Lunks”

Full Agenda:

Welcome Remarks

Dr. John Garofano                  Naval War College, Strategy and Policy

John Garofano: The S&P Department has been conducting these seminars in various formats for more than a decade.  We have several goals.  One is to build a community of teachers and scholars of the study of strategy and its related fields.  Another is to focus on pedagogy.  A third is to build and reinforce bridges across civilian and military educational institutions.  A fourth is to bring along the next generation of teachers of strategy. We look forward to two days of open discussion and debate.  Usually we drop the discussion following these meetings, of which the last was three years ago.  This year we will try to use this website to keep the discussion going. Please make recommendations to Mike and I as to how to improve it or other platforms you can recommend.

Panel 1: Professional Military Education Approaches

How is strategy taught at PME institutions and at what levels? What are the strengths and weaknesses of PME approaches to teaching strategy? Is there unique content that should be taught to officers? How does the presence of civilian students affect that? What challenges do you face when teaching strategy?

Chair and Commentator:

  • Dr. Phil Haun                          Naval War College, Dean of Academics

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SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION

Panel 2: Civilian Institution Approaches

What insights can be gained from civilian institutions’ approach to strategy and courses bearing on strategy?  What should be taught about strategy to graduate students in schools of professional and international affairs/public policy and to undergraduate students? What challenges do you face when teaching strategy and related topics?

Chair and Commentator:

  • Dr. Heidi Lane                          Naval War College, Strategy and Policy

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SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION

Lunchtime Talk:

Dr. Hal Brands,                      “Reflections on Teaching Strategy.”

Panel 3: Economics and Political Economy

What aspects of economics and political economy should be taught in courses on strategy? Do the material or methods differ for civilian vs. military audiences?  What material is most critical?  How can it be introduced to students who may have limited background in econ? 

Chair and Commentator:

Panel:

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION

Panel 4:  Insights from recent literatures.

What new literature, approaches, books and articles need to be incorporated into courses on strategy? What is taking place in more basic research that should be fed into the field of security studies?

Chair and Commentator:

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SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION

Panel 5: Business School Approaches to Teaching Strategy since the 1950s

Chair and Commentator:

Panel:

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION

Case Study Exercise in Strategy:  “Planet Fitness: No Judgements, No Lunks”

  • Dr. Michael Roberto                Bryant University

Discussion

 Chair and Commentator:

  • Dr. Jon Scott Logel                  Naval War College, War Gaming
  • Dr. James Holmes                   Naval War College, Strategy and Policy

 

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