Friday, August 26, 2005

Administrative Notes

The Biddle volume is now available in the student computer room. Please borrow and copy the relevant portion.

The University of Kentucky Library system cancelled its subscription to the Journal of Strategic Studies last year, and the moving wall on internet availability means that the two companion pieces to the Biddle will be difficult to find. I'll see if I can work something out; otherwise, don't worry about them.

I've given up on the idea of having class on Tuesday next week, so we'll meet at the normal time on Thursday. Also, I'm planning to screen Terence Malik's adaptation of James Jones The Thin Red Line after class on Thursday. It's not required, but the film follows the experiences of an infantry company on Guadalcanal, and nicely highlights some of the issues we'll be talking about, including professionalism in the officer corps, the citizen soldier, the relationship between officers and NCOs, and the "modern system" of infantry and artillery tactics.

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