Questions Of STEM Savvy Officers Could Put U.S. Army In Venerable Position

The value of education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been heavily emphasized in an effort to meet labor demands and ensure a competitive workforce in a technology and progress-focused future. Encouraging young people to pursue STEM education and careers has been a prominent effort by various schools and public and private organizations. STEM efforts that are focused on professionals, who are already far along a career path, are less common. But as the U.S. military shifts towards more advanced technologies, there is a push for leadership to re-hone their skills towards STEM.


Evaluating CEOs And Army Generals

Concerns have been raised over the lack of STEM graduate degrees and relevant experience among U.S. Army generals, especially when compared to those held by CEOs of the most innovative and successful U.S. companies. Data-driven decision-making, a knack for understanding complex systems, and a systematic approach to problem-solving are all positive attributes that have been associated with STEM backgrounds.

Since defense operations and equipment are now heavily rooted in complex technology, and decisions regarding those operations and equipment must be made rapidly, there’s been a push for stronger STEM qualifications among higher leadership. Pressing questions have also arisen on how the U.S. can maintain its technological edge against countries like China when the Army has not prioritized additional education and tech-focused qualifications in the promotion process.

A Worrying Slip In U.S. Defense Standing?

Per a 2020 China security report given to Congress, The Department of Defense acknowledges the highly competitive position of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the knowledge requirements of its officers. Considering findings from a recent RAND study, which state: “The Army has not greatly valued additional education in the promotion process.” the situation could amount to a worrying slip in the U.S.’s standing in global defenses.

While new military tech has been showcased with regularity, its benefits will be limited based on how and if it’s deployed by a command that fully understands its capabilities.

Do you think the U.S. Army will be responsive to the steeping learning curve of this new age of defense?

ABOUT The U.S. Army

The Army, as one of the three military departments (Army, Navy and Air Force) reporting to the Department of Defense, is composed of two distinct and equally important components: the active component and the reserve components.

Regardless of component, the Army conducts both operational and institutional missions. The operational Army consists of numbered armies, corps, divisions, brigades, and battalions that conduct full spectrum operations around the world. The institutional Army supports the operational Army. Institutional organizations provide the infrastructure necessary to raise, train, equip, deploy, and ensure the readiness of all Army forces.

The Army mission is vital to the Nation because we are the service capable of defeating enemy ground forces and indefinitely seizing and controlling those things an adversary prizes most – its land, its resources and its population.

ABOUT Department of Defense

The Department of Defense is America’s largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the department has grown and evolved with our nation. Our mission is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security.

The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard are the armed forces of the United States. The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard are reserve components of their services and operate in part under state authority.

The Defense Department has 11 combatant commands, each with a geographic or functional mission that provides command and control of military forces in peace and war.

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