Educating the Joint force is the sole mission of the Joint Forces Staff College. A key component of the College’s educational approach is to develop in our students the ability to understand the concepts, principles, structures, and processes that Joint professionals apply or operate within now and in the future. On the surface, developing an understanding of Joint concepts appears a relatively simple educational task: read, discuss, and apply. In reality, developing an understanding of anything is far more difficult and time-consuming than many practitioners imagine. To develop an understanding in the manner in which General Martin Dempsey has described in his desired Leader Attributes for Joint Force 2020, the student must examine the past, leveraging hindsight to comprehend how today’s environment developed and why; it requires the student to analyze the current environment, leveraging insight to gain a deeper appreciation for the elements, purpose(s), and interrelationships of the present system; and, finally, it requires the student to analyze trends, leveraging foresight to develop the ability to recognize the possibilities, plausibilities, and probabilities of a dynamic future. In short, to operate successfully in today’s global security environment students need not only study the lessons learned, but the “lessons to be learned” as well.
The Fall 2015 edition of Campaigning addresses these three components of understanding: hindsight, insight, and foresight. We hope you enjoy this edition of Campaigning. You can let me know what you think by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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