Dick Behrenhausen, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, was lobbing mortar rounds on the banks of the Severn River in Annapolis.
But he was not aiming at the Naval Academy, Army's traditional rival. This time the target was West Point—his own alma mater. In his view, the Military Academy is drifting away from the Spartan ideals that produced soldiers such as MacArthur, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton and marching steadily toward the ivied walls of academe, an area in which the Military Academy cannot—and should not—compete if it hopes to retain the admiration of the American people and the support of the Congress.
His remarks came during a panel discussion on maintaining the service academies' relevance at the U.S. Naval Institute's 128th Annual Meeting and 12th Annapolis Seminar. Dr. Charles Neimeyer, Academic Dean at the Naval War College, moderated a panel that included Behrenhausen; Captain Arthur Athens, U.S. Naval Reserve, Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Major General Murray; and Captain Bruce Stubbs. All but Athens had been at Cantigny in March.