Design and the Prospects for Artistry

Design and the Prospects for Artistry

by Christopher R. Paparone and George L. Topic

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Here, we would like to open a conversation about educating military practitioners, focusing more on the artistry of design (reflective practice) involving the "where," "why," and "how." Through our normative stance (i.e. taking a "should" perspective), we hope the community of educators and senior practitioners are spurred to better appreciate what we argue are the more desirable professional qualities of artistry. To that intent, we admit we argue provocatively rather than seek to ratify the status quo. Our intent is not to suggest current practices in professional military education have no place in the future, but that they must be subordinated to greater scope and methods of design.

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Dr. Christopher R. Paparone is an associate professor in the Army Command and General Staff College's Department of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Operations at Fort Lee, Virginia. He is a retired Army colonel and has a Ph.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Colonel George Topic, USA (Ret.), is the vice director in the Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics at the National Defense University. He served as a Quartermaster officer for 28 years on active duty and for 3 years as the deputy director for strategic logistics on the Joint Staff.

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