Accession Number : ADA606816


Title :   Iron Sharpens Iron: A Comparative Study of the Advanced Military Studies Program and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies


Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jun 2011-May 2012


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Olson, Stephen E


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA606816


Report Date : 17 May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 58


Abstract : This monograph comparatively studies the U.S. Army's Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) and the U.S. Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). Though similar in many ways, the schools are unique in origins, purpose, and curriculum. Notable differences include AMSP's emphasis on graduating operational planners who are fluent in operational art, whereas SAASS creates strategists, fluent in the national strategic discourse. Both schools will send their graduates to influential staff positions where they will have direct influence upon senior military leadership decision making. This monograph seeks to better each school by studying the other school's methods. Areas of improvement noted include balancing the study of operations and strategy, balancing the educational element of application in the theory, evidence, and application model, as well as re-examining both the faculty construct and the student-to-faculty ratios. Both schools have and will continue to graduate outstanding officers who provide a leavening influence within the U.S. military, but there are also opportunities to sharpen the sword.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *CASE STUDIES , *SCHOOLS , *SPACE TECHNOLOGY , DOCUMENTS , EDUCATION , GRADUATES , INSTRUCTORS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , SPACE SCIENCES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE