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Professional military education in the United States : a historical dictionary
Simons, William E.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2000]

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xiv, 391 pages ; 24 cm
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This book provides a unique resource on the educational development of the American military profession. With nearly 140 entries from 65 authors, it covers the origins and major evolutionary developments of all major institutions from the Federal service academies and ROTC programs through the Capstone program for newly appointed general and flag officers. It provides sketches of personalities who made significant contributions as well as discussions of important concepts influencing professional military curricula, contentious issues affecting program development, and significant academic practices.

Most entries include a brief list of principal sources and a general bibliography is also provided. Simons introduces the historical dictionary with a comprehensive essay that locates most of the topics historically in relation to others.

Author Notes

WILLIAM E. SIMONS was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, rising to Colonel rank. After teaching history at the USAF Academy, service at the Pentagon, and two years in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, he retired and joined the RAND Corporation where he conducted research on regional security and defense issues. His most recent books include his collaboration on The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy, 2nd ed. (1994) and Soldiers for Peace (1996).

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Former USAF colonel and present RAND Corporation researcher Simons has, with the help of 65 authors, provided a detailed examination in 140 entries of the growth of education in the US military. From the formation of the republic through today, all major institutions, personalities, and events are presented, including such high points as the service academies, ROTC, and Capstone (a program for new generals and admirals). Entries include reviews of major influences, contentious issues, curricular developments, and revolutionary academic practices. Each signed entry contains a brief list of sources, and there is a two-page general bibliography. The work concludes with indexes and contributor profiles. Of value to the collections within the military training establishment and larger collections elsewhere emphasizing military studies or international affairs. M. J. Smith Jr.; Tusculum College

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