Learning the Right Lessons from Military History

Military minds study military history to learn timeless principles and tactics. We just need to be sure that we don’t fight the last war.

By Mark D. Harris

Leaders generally know and follow more recent examples than distant ones. This makes sense since the technology and social mores of the near past resemble the present more than those of the distant past. However, taking the wrong lessons from the past can lead current decision makers astray. Further, the recent past is not always the best guide to present action.

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