RUSI JournalVOLUME 165ISSUE 7members only

Captains of War: History in Professional Military Education


Main Image Credit Historical black and white photograph of British personnel firing artillery in Malaya. Courtesy of Imperial War Museums


History, if used correctly, can have an important role in professional military education.

This article examines the role of history in professional military education (PME) in light of the recent US Joint Chiefs of Staff’s guidance on achieving ‘intellectual overmatch’. Louis Halewood and David Morgan-Owen argue that a narrow approach to the past, underpinned by preconceived notions of ‘relevance’, undermines what ability history has to serve the aims of military education. History need not be ‘applied’ to make it valuable, as its study can provide a broader

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