Nicholas Murray


Dr. Nicholas Murray is an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the US Army Command and Staff College. His book The Rocky Road to the Great War (Potomac Books) is due out this year, along with an edited book Pacification: the lesser known French campaigns (CSI). He recently published ‘Officer Education: What Lessons Does the French Defeat in 1871 Have for the US Army Today?’ in the Small Wars Journal. His views are his own.

If physical success on the battlefield cannot be translated into part of a larger aim, it is largely irrelevant even if it does a great deal of physical damage to the enemy.

Re-evaluate exactly what we want from our educational system and to strip away the non-essential.