Thu, March 11, 2021

How to Think Like an Officer: The Officer as Visionary by Dr Reed Bonadonna, Author and Scholar

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Join us on March 11, 2021, at 6:30 PM EST, when the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania welcomes author and scholar Dr. Reed Bonadonna to live-stream his lecture,How to Think Like an Officer: The Officer as Visionary. View the lecture for free online at (, and participate in the question and answer portion of the presentation by emailing questions to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mi, or by direct messaging the USAHEC on Facebook (

In this lecture, Dr. Bonadonna argues that the military officer corps functions as a collective repository of knowledge of the nature of armed conflict, causes and consequences, and of peace and victory. An officers’ education and experience, combined with reflection, can equip them for visionary thought, a form of thinking that can enhance their role as a serving officer and as a citizen. He will discuss a variety of facets of this topic, including careful consideration of the past and future, death and the officer, the "ethical turn," the problem of political engagement, the officer's dreams, and peace and conflict studies. He will also examine the ways in which history and literature provide examples of the officer-as-visionary.

Dr. Reed Bonadonna received his doctorate in English from Boston University and completed continuing education in leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer from 1979 to 1988, and was deployed for peacekeeping operations in Lebanon. As a Marine Corps reservist, he served 20 years as a company commander, operations officer, liaison to the Naval War College Wargaming Center, and as a field historian in Iraq. He has taught at several institutions, including as adjunct for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he was director of ethics and character development. He is a senior fellow for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the author of numerous works on military leadership and ethics.