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THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA. Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.
Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went. I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life. That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.
This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.
Bruce Gudmundsson has been a part of most discussions about Marine Corps Professional Military Education and Warfighting since General Gray’s published FMFM-1 in 1989. He joined the program to talk military education and why the use of the Case Method in decision making exercises is a better vehicle to promote learning.
IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW HIM: Dr. Gudmundsson has a long association with the Armed Forces of the United States and, in particular, the United States Marine Corps. Between 1977 and 1997, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising in rank from private to major, and serving as a truck driver, logistician, and infantry officer. In 1989, he was recalled to active duty to design the curriculum for the School of Advanced Warfighting, a year-long course for selected graduates of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
A longtime advocate of the case method of instruction, Dr. Gudmundsson spent three years as a case writer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Since 2007, he has served as the Senior Fellow for the Case Method at the Marine Corps University, where he conducts demonstrations of the case method, teaches courses that employ the case method, writes (and supervises the writing of) case materials, and assists instructors throughout the Marine Corps to incorporate decision-forcing cases into their classes.
A graduate of Yale College (BA) and Oxford University (D.Phil), Dr. Gudmundsson has taught at the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, Oxford University, the Royal Military Acadmey at Sandhurst, the US Army War College, and Dickinson College.