PODCAST: Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson on Military History

Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson

Secretary of Defense James Mattis once wrote, “Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.” He wrote this to impart how important it is for military professionals to study history. In this episode, Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson, a historian at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA, talks about why the study of history is important and how an earlier reform effort has shaped current military reform in the United States.

Show Notes:

Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson Marine Corps University Biography

General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Email About Being 'Too Busy To Read' Is A Must-Read

Stormtroop Tactics: Innovation in the German Army, 1914-1918

Using Complete Stories in Decision Forcing Cases by Dr. Bruce I. Gudmundsson

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*

Photo of Dan Grazier

By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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