National security studies concern measures that nations take to safeguard fundamental interests and achieve essential objectives despite foreign and domestic threats. Participants endlessly explore ways that policy-makers, planners, and program developers at the apex of our national security apparatus might match ends, ways, and means most effectively while minimizing risks during high-, medium-, and low-intensity conflicts of all kinds. Strong institutions, economies, and social systems typify factors that individually or in combinations may be more important than military power. Seamless relationships between U.S. professional military education and interdepartmental/interagency education consequently should exist, but currently do not.
A New School of Thought
Our war colleges don’t produce the critical-thinking generalists required to formulate grand strategy. A National Security Institute would fill that need.
By Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)