“The rapid pace of scientific and technological development continues to confuse and limit our understanding of the battlefield. History affirms our view of the present by telling us that some things never change. History is vital to our center and to our existence as an Army.”
General William W. HartzogCommander, US Army Training and Doctrine Command1994-1998
A Sense of History and MilitaryProfessionalism
It is sometimes said that the study of history, or government and politics, or other social cience and humanities disciplines can help us ask the right questions, but cannot provideus specific answers to contemporary challenges. . . . However, in many cases, [study othis kind] provides real skills, knowledge and expertise . . . . When I first went to Iraq in2003, my colleagues and I were repeatedly greeted by Iraqis . . . in Mosul -- who would ay to us in the course of
conversation: "We love democracy! . . . What is it?"
General David H. PetraeusCdr, Multi-National Force, Iraq
2007 We soldiers practice our profession only infrequently so we rely on past battles to teach usabout the future. Even though Gettysburg was fought using weapons that seem primitive to young soldiers the lessons it teaches about leadership and courage and intellect areimmutable. We are learning again in Iraq and Afghanistan that war is not a test of technology it is a test of the collective will and talents of soldiers and the nature and character of that test will never change.
MG (Ret) Robert H ScalesGettysburg Memorial Day Speech2007