Army War College

Located at historic Carlisle Barracks in southcentral Pennsylvania, the Army War College is the premier institution within the U.S. Army for educating just over 500 military officers and selected civilians about the use of landpower within the U.S. national security strategy in a 10-month accredited master’s degree program. This entry describes the founding, curriculum, and supporting institutions of the Army War College.


Elihu Root recognized the need for significant reform to the primarily domestically focused army when he assumed the position of Secretary of War (1899–1904) under the presidencies of William McKinley (1899–1901) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909) at the beginning of the 20th century. The military had performed adequately against an exceptionally weak Spanish foe in the War of 1898, but Root realized that the ...

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