Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy and Brigadier General Diana M. Holland, Commandant of the United States Corps of Cadets, present the inaugural Sandhurst Conference at West Point. The conference will be an annual event organized by the Department of Military Instruction and the Modern War Institute to complement the traditionally military Sandhurst competition and provide an intellectual and academic forum for officers across the globe to discuss and debate how best to prepare for modern war. To encourage a free and open exchange of views, all comments during the conference are “not for attribution.”
The theme for the inaugural conference is “Preparing Our Future Leaders for Modern War.” The premise of this conference is that technical and tactical competence alone no longer suffices for junior officers to meet the challenges of 21st Century warfare. The nature and character of war are changing amid rapid technological advancements and the growing complexity and uncertainty of the modern battlefield. Throughout this conference, we will seek to better understand the challenges of modern war and how to prepare our future leaders to win in a complex world.
This year’s conference is made possible through the generosity of the USMA Class of 1999