Wed, September 16, 2020

The Culture of Military Organizations

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On Wednesday, September 16th, , 2020, at 6:30 PM EDT, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will live stream a lecture by Dr. Peter Mansoor of The Ohio State University based on his new book, The Culture of Military Organizations. View the lecture online at and online viewers can participate in the question and answer portion of the presentation by emailing questions to or by commenting on the USAHEC Facebook post on the day of the event (

In his book, The Culture of Military Organizations, Dr. Peter Mansoor and his co-author, Dr. Williamson Murray, examine how culture impacts military organization and how officers make critical decisions on the battlefield. The lecture will explore the successes and failures of nations at war through sixteen case studies ranging from Victorian era belief systems to the Israeli military’s aggressive tendencies and ability to improvise. Mansoor will emphasize the impact of educational systems within a nation on how the military is run, and discuss debates about changing traditional institutions in the military today. He will analyze how deep-seated cultural values and beliefs influence how Soldiers think and how they attempt to solve problems. The lecture will conclude by looking at how technology impacts the military and how failing to adapt to technology has serious consequences in the future.

Dr. Peter Mansoor is a professor at The Ohio State University and earned his PhD in history from The Ohio State University in 1995. He was previously a Colonel in the United States Army during the second Iraq War. Dr. Mansoor has authored numerous books about military affairs including, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq. His co-author, Dr. Williamson Murray, is a professor emeritus at The Ohio State University. Dr. Murray served in the United States Air Force for five years and has authored twenty-five books on military history.

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