The Officer Corps and Resistance to Change:

  • 2015

The Officer Corps and Resistance to Change:

The Chronic Ills of Professional Military Education (PME)
Author:
Kenneth Marsh, Jr.
Abstract:

The author examines the role that America’s officer corps played amid the multiple variables of military culture, military-civil bureaucracy, change implementation, push back, and budgetary constraints. Observers and historians such as Joan Johnson-Freese, George Reed, Stephen Ciabotti, and others have laid out definitive arguments on why PME is broken. However, the historiographical thrust of my argument, like the arguments of Thomas Ricks, David Barno, and Paul Yingling, assigns the primary responsibility on the shoulders of the officer corps ̶ who shaped both the military and PME since the Vietnam era. It is historically significant that 10 years later PME still had many of the same systemic issues that it had before the legislation was enacted. Many of those same issues still manifest themselves even now, 28 years after the enactment of the GNA and 25 years after the Skelton Panel report.