Volume: 4 Issue: 1

Leadership and the Humanities


Of war and words: a conversation about the humanities with General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Noah Comet * and Derek Handley Commander *

Author Notes

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the highest-ranking officer in the United States armed forces. He is also a humanist with a master's in Irish literature from Duke University. For a brief time after earning that degree he taught English composition at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He peppers his speeches with allusions to Yeats, Faulkner, Didion, and others, and his humanities background is an enduring influence not only in his speaking, but in his perspective on the education of young men and women in the military. He was interviewed in April 2015 by two professors at the United States Naval Academy, Noah Comet and Commander Derek Handley.

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