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Offline DicedT

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Hard Times at National Defense University
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:50:32 PM »
I know a few people will be interested in this: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/16/cutting_school

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Re: Hard Times at National Defense University
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 04:18:27 AM »
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Re: Hard Times at National Defense University
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2012, 08:11:02 PM »
I know a few people will be interested in this: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/16/cutting_school

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Re: Hard Times at National Defense University
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 08:10:25 PM »
I was fortunate enough to be able to complete JPME II at the Joint Forces Staff College before I took my orders out here.  It was really a neat experience.  The school is amazing, great library, and the wargaming center was really cool.  The instructors were exceptional.  Our civilian instructor (former Marine Lt. Col.) was an SME on the Revolutionary War.  I learned so much about it (and many other things); we visited Yorktown while we were there and he guided us over the grounds.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to see the battlefield with someone who could tell you so much about it.

What I really liked the most is that it was a chance to check out from the daily grind of normal duty and go "think big thoughts" for a few weeks.  I had a chance to work with Army and Air Force bubbas, too, and it was interesting to see how they do things differently.  It is obviously an expensive place to run, but rarely have I felt so strongly that the education I received has paid off so well.  We recently had RIMPAC out here and I was amazed at how much of my JPME II coursework was directly applicable to what we were doing in the exercise.  I very strongly feel that the experience at JFSC has made me a much better officer.

Unfortunately there is a lot of military education that I have felt wasn't of much value for the time invested; JPME II and the JFSC/NDU was definitely completely in the other camp.  There must be better places we can save a few bucks than what this article suggests.
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Re: Hard Times at National Defense University
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 06:19:47 AM »
There must be better places we can save a few bucks than what this article suggests.

Completely agree. 
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