The Military: West Point & All That

To hear some people tell it, a modern U.S. military man should study Kafka as well as Clausewitz, since the terrain he must now operate in is more like Kafka's maze than Clausewitz's certainties. In a day of allies, proxy battles and limited wars, the military needs a whole new technical arsenal—politics, diplomacy, science, economics—to enable it to employ precise degrees of power in imprecise situations. All this asks of U.S. officers unprecedented competence, character and wisdom.

It also raises sharp questions about the quality of U.S. service academies, says David Boroff,...

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