Best Defense

When I hear PME types use the word ‘rigor,’ I gotta throw the bullshit flag

A new academic year has commenced at many Professional Military Education (PME) programs. Per the 2009 Congressional assessment, PME must: “continuously evolve in order to imbue service members with the intellectual agility to assume expanded roles and to perform new missions in an ever dynamic and increasingly complicated security environment.”


Egypt’s Besieged Universities

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China’s Cutthroat Academic Competition Is Ruining a Generation of Youth

The 'gaokao' college entrance exam is really a merciless struggle for wealth and power.

Best Defense

To bridge the gap between the military and society, try this grass roots approach

Best Defense contributor asks what can be done to close the civ-mil gap.

China U

A Chinese Feminist, Made in America

How four years at Amherst College changed my perception of my home country, and myself.

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China’s Hot New Luxury Item: the SAT

Wealthy Chinese students are ditching the country’s infamous college entrance exam and taking America’s standardized test instead.

The Cable

Making ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Sound Sexy

Since January, students at 23 universities around the world have taken part in a “peer-to-peer” competition to research, design, and launch U.S. State Department-backed social media campaigns aimed at countering the influence of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in their communities.

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