The Defence Academy hosted the first international Professional Military Education (PME) Conference to challenge and debate the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of PME for our current and future leaders.
Focusing on how best to deliver PME in a demanding geo-strategic and challenging resource context, the conference exposed and discussed some of the excellent, current international thoughts and change programmes being carried out independently, to help form collective views of the challenges, opportunities and solution sets for PME.
Delegates from UK and International militaries shared their success (and failure) stories and experiences of PME innovation, which will be used as a baseline and framework to build a better-informed, focussed collaboration of practitioners and strategic thinkers.
Col Jerome M Lynes, USMC (Ret), Deputy Director, Joint Staff (J7) Joint Education & Doctrine said:
‘This is a splendid thing that the Defence Academy has done to bring us all together. We have discovered that we have common opportunities and challenges and when we widen our perspectives, it deepens our understanding and gives us options we might not have otherwise considered. Seeing how our friends and allies address the same opportunities and challenges is really quite the gift from the perspective of the US Joint Staff.’
Here’s a flavour of some of the questions and themes discussed. You own the conversation, so send us your thoughts and opinions to help us shape the framework!
• What should the focus of PME be in today’s emerging strategic context?
• How can we support each other in our development and delivery of PME?
• How can we best shape, share and exploit research and knowledge related to PME?
• How can we best develop and exploit physical and online infrastructures?
• How can we include, engage and benefit from the informational PME community?
As the conference drew to a close, Air Vice Marshal Chris Luck, CEO Defence Academy and Comdt Joint Services Command and Staff College said:
‘In this age of rapid strategic and technical change, no one has the monopoly on good ideas, understanding or interpretation. The conference has highlighted many opportunities to share best practice and exchange potential solutions. It was incredibly energising to see that today’s PME is being thought about and implemented by nations, institutions and passionate experts. The student will be the beneficiary, and rightly so, but ultimately it will be our Services, who through them, will be able to win our nations’ battles in the information age.’