The Department of Defense plans to send more of its officers to civilian graduate schools as part of its soon-to-be released personnel reforms. Defense officials familiar with the plan said the goal is to diversify the officer corps’ education and experience, report Military Times. This shift toward civilian universities comes amid concerns that traditional military schools, like the service-run war colleges, are no longer able to provide the training required by tomorrow’s military leaders.
“There is a recognition that the world is changing,” said an official familiar with the planned reforms. “The security environment is changing. And breadth of knowledge is becoming increasingly as important as depth of knowledge.”