American Society and Its Profession of Arms (XXIIAnnualConference)

Venue: U.S. Army War College

Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 05, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 07, 2011
Registration Date: Apr 03, 2011
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The relationship between American society and the military profession has undergone many changes since the Founding Fathers established the basic tenets of the relationship over two centuries ago. Today, after a decade of protracted war, the all-volunteer military and the society it serves are evaluating that relationship. Examining these and other issues will certainly engender timely and lively discussions. We will examine fundamental issues, such as the role of the military and the potential divergence of military professional values from those of the society from which it derives. In addition we will address America’s ability to provide qualified new entrants into the military profession, as well as reintegrating departing members of the profession back into the larger society.

The Commandant of the U.S. Army War College cordially invites you to join this critical conversation at the U.S. Army War College’s XXII Annual Strategy Conference to be held at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania from April 5-7, 2011. Join over 20 leading experts, the U.S. Army War College Class of 2011, and 200 other strategists, academics, journalists, government officials, business leaders, and other members of the public as they examine and debate the critical relationship between the U.S. military and the American society. The conference will include panels discussing the changing role of the military; the possible divergence of the cultural perspectives of the U.S. military and American society in general; and the potential impact such cultural divergence could have on various groups, including those representing both the profession and the larger society--such as military families and veterans.

Keynote Address

Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies For Peace. He is also the co-author of New York Times bestseller since 2007 Three Cups of Tea which has sold over 4 million copies and has been published in 47 countries and is also a Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year.

Mortenson has lectured and participated in cultural discussions at SOCOM, MARSOC, NORAD, the Current Strategy Forum at the Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Air Command, and at the U.S. Military, Naval, and Air Force Academies. Mr. Mortenson regularly conducts voluntary visits to one to two dozen military bases each year to help troops deploying to Afghanistan to better understand cultural issues, tribal etiquette, and the nuances of tribal warfare.


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