Assessing the Strategic Environment: Developing Critical Thinking Skills at the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College

  • July 18, 2011
  • Prof Bernard F Griffard

A government's failure to understand the impact of global variables on the domestic environment can result in major destabilizing events. As military officers progress in rank and responsibility, their perspectives must evolve. It is in a nation's self-interest to ensure its senior military leaders recognize the role that global trends and variables, and the strategic challenges they present, play in the development of a national security framework. These topics are usually addressed in a nation's senior military institute, as is the case in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College (EDCSC). It was established with USAFRICOM and Army War College support in 2006, and that support continues today.