Developing Critical Thinking Military Officers
United States Service Academies
In May of 2020 the Joint Chiefs of Staff published guidance entitled Developing Today’s Joint Officers for Tomorrow’s Ways of War. In it they state, “To achieve intellectual overmatch against adversaries, we must produce the most professionally competent, strategic-minded, and critically thinking officers possible”. What then is critical thinking? These days many different definitions exist. The word critical comes from the Greek word kritikos, which pertains to judging or discerning. In the broadest sense, critical thinking involves objective analysis of facts to form a judgment. More specifically, critical thinking can be described as self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking.
Thor Martinsen. "Developing Critical Thinking Military Officers". Military Mathematica, Volume 25. 2022.