The Department of Military Instruction hosted Brigadier James Carr-Smith, the British Military Attaché and Head of the British Army Staff in the United States. Carr-Smith visited West Point to deliver a presentation entitled "Interoperability – Why we have no choice." While primarily an opportunity for staff and faculty development, the visit also served as an opportunity to help broaden Carr-Smith's understanding of how West Point cadets are trained and educated before he takes over as Commander Sandhurst Group, the UK equivalent of the Commandant of Cadets.
Having endured a torrid journey through inclement weather, Carr-Smith was briefed on the military training progression that cadets receive during their 47-month West Point experience with a focus on Cadet Summer Training. He met with several department heads and discussed potential U.S.-UK collaborative opportunities.
Although West Point is very different from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) commissioning model, the opportunities and benefits of increased collaboration between the two foremost military academies is obvious and was an enduring theme during the visit. Carr-Smith took part in a defense and strategic studies lesson as they studied the AirLand, AirSea and Multi-Domain Battle and was given a tour of the West Point Simulation Centre to see how simulation technologies complement USMA's Military Education and Training program. Read More