About Modern War Institute

"[W]ar does not have a discipline to study it - it lies on the seams of the way academia is organized…[So to study war] I think the best skill set is diverse and multidisciplinary. War is a complicated social phenomenon and to understand it, it helps to be able to approach it from different directions."

            -Stephen Biddle

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"Professions deal in expert knowledge. Systematized, scientific bod[ies] of knowledge, theoretical and practical, it takes years to learn, it takes longer to practice...What is the practice of the military professional?  Let me give it to you in one sentence - the repetitive exercise of discretionary judgment...Independent judgments of high moral content."

                  -Don Snider

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Students of war value their relationship with books. Personal experience is useful but too limited, creating a need to read to access the experience of others. As the British military writer Basil Liddell Hart noted, "There is no excuse for any literate person if he is is less than three thousand years old in mind."

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