Of Responsible Command: A History of the U.S. Army War College, The School that Shaped the Military Leaders of the Free World

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The Army War College was "to study and confer on the great problems of national defense, of military science, and of responsible command." The date was February, 1903; the speaker Elihu Root, Secretary of War to President Theodore Roosevelt. This book relates how and how well, over nine decades, Root's vision was served. The initial college convened in the fall of 1903. Borrowing from the Prussian military system and from the experiences of the Army's own Artillery School and Infantry and Cavalry School, as well as from the Naval War College, the early institution was a hybrid--both a school and an operational adjunct to the new and controversial War Department General Staff. It performed neither task particularly well. Begun anew after World War I, separated by statute from the General Staff, the second Army War College was he creation of Secretary of War New Baker and Chief of Staff Peyton March but it soon came under the way of John J. Pershing and his AEF lieutenants...

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