Creative and Critical Thinking in the Army
Brig. Gen. Cardon, deputy commandant, Command and General Staff College, and Dr. King, CGSC Dean of Academics, confer upon Major Brandy Andrews the hood signifying the Master of Military Art and Science degree at the School of Advanced Military Studies graduation ceremony (Photo: Don Middleton).  



COL (ret) Charles D. Allen
USAWC Department of Command Leadership and Management

COL (ret) Stephen J. Gerras
USAWC Department of Command Leadership and Management

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Strategic thinking is the ability to make a creative and holistic synthesis of key factors affecting an organization and its environment in order to obtain sustainable competitive advantage and long-term success. The core elements of strategic thinking are the ability to think creatively and critically about national security issues. How do we develop these skills in Army leaders?

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