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Paper Bleeds Little: Confronting the Professional Challenge of a Post-Iraq World

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In his novel about unconventional warfare, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway offers this exchange between Jordan, the master dynamiter, and El Sordo, leader of a local guerrilla band. Unlike the stable image of the natural world, our store of knowledge about human society is more obscure, and what is distinct is likely to be out of date - we struggle to find what is emerging behind our dulling and dimming habits of thought and belief. Today the Army finds itself the intellectual heir of a French system of military education that emerged from the exigencies of World War I. The French military, expecting a short, decisive war, was instead confronted with a protracted conflict that soon exhausted its pool of educated officers.

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