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Building Partnerships: Ethiopia & Critical Thinking
 
LTC Randy Torno teaches and mentors senior Ethiopian military officers at the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College -- a role he calls the most rewarding job he's ever done (Photo: Mr. Rick Scavetta)  

 

ASSESSING THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT:
DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AT
THE ETHIOPIAN DEFENSE COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE

Professor Bernard F. Griffard
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

A government's failure to understand the impact of global variables on the domestic environment can result in major destabilizing events. Therefore, as military officers progress in rank and responsibility, their perspectives must evolve. It is in a nation's self-interest to ensure its senior military leaders recognize the role that global trends and variables, and the strategic challenges they present, play in the development of a national security framework.

These topics are usually addressed in a nation's senior military institute, as is the case in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College was established with U.S. AFRICA COMMAND and U.S. Army War College support in 2006, and that support continues today.

Learn more about these activities in this short issue paper.


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