(See R. H. Scales, pp. 30-35, February 2010 Proceedings)
Dr. S. Mike Pavelec, Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB—While I respect General Scales' reputation and achievements and agree with his broader points, I feel compelled to defend against the contention that civilians are an "insidious creep" into the realms of Joint Professional Military Education and Department of Defense education.
There is indeed an important need for education in our 21st-century officer corps, in all the services, reflected in the desire of many civilian academics such as myself as the best way of serving their country. I accept the implication that serving and retired uniformed officers are those best suited to provide training at institutions that focus on operational readiness, planning, and indoctrination. However, I would respectfully offer that civilians make an important contribution to the education of officers at the intermediate and senior levels.