The business section at your local bookstore is filled with books by military leaders. They tout the leadership and organizational lessons of combat professionals and their application to the business world. According to the titles, SEALs, fighter pilots, and surface warfare officers have "business secrets" vital to success in the corporate world. The current education policies of the U.S. Navy reflect this mind-set. The Navy's approach to graduate education has a distinct focus on the business world. However, the history shelves at the same bookstore will result in an interesting comparison. Alongside Alfred T. Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History and Karl von Clausewitz's On War, something is missing. Despite the education opportunities provided by the Department of the Navy, you won't find texts on the war-fighting secrets of today's business leaders. The Navy needs to rethink how it funds graduate education for its future leaders.
Nobody Asked Me, But...Who Needs Warfighting Secrets from the Boardroom?
By Lieutenant Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy