Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly recently announced the “Education for Seapower” study, a “clean-sheet review” of Navy education. His intention is to stimulate the growth of an “ever-more-agile force—led by people who thirst for knowledge and are adept at thinking, learning, and processing information quickly.” This will be achieved “through a renewed emphasis on education, and the deliberate construction of a learning culture across the entire naval service.” Such a culture will encourage our leaders to prioritize not just thinking, “but thinking differently, and inspiring innovative minds to break the mold of traditional paradigms.”
It seems like a great idea. Who would disagree with the value of innovation and creativity, or self-consciously defend ideas like stagnation and conformity? Any reflection about how we should go about educating officers and what we look for in them is welcome.