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Lieutenant General Richard A. Chilcoat assumed his current position as Commandant of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in July 1994. He came to the Army War College from an assignment as Deputy Commanding General, Ft. Jackson, SC. General Chilcoat’s other assignments include Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, United States Army, Washington, DC; Executive Assistant to General Colin Powell, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Staff, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army; Commander, Devil Troop Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, Ft. Polk, LA, Speechwriter to General John A. Wickham, Jr., the Chief of Staff, United States Army, Washington, DC; and Strategic Policy Planner, J5, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC. He served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam and three tours in Germany. General Chilcoat, commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1964, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. Prior to attending West Point, he was an enlisted soldier for over two years and attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.
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Authored by Lieutenant General (USA, Ret) Richard A. Chilcoat.
Strategic art, broadly defined, is therefore: The skillful formulation, coordination, and application of end (objectives), ways (courses of action), and means (supporting resources) to promote and defend the national interests.