American military instructors dealing with Middle Eastern students learn to ensure that, before directing any question to a student in a classroom situation, particularly if he is an officer, the student does possess the correct answer. If this is not assured, the officer will feel he has been set up for public humiliation. Furthermore, in the often-paranoid environment of Arab political culture, he will believe this setup to have been purposeful. This student will then become an enemy of the instructor and his classmates will become apprehensive about their also being singled out for humiliation—and learning becomes impossible.
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You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who understands all the intricacies of the . military: each layer of bureaucracy; the relationships among every service, command, and office; the nature of every program. It's more than any one head can hold -- and difficult to capture succinctly in words. (Perhaps that's why the Pentagon relies so heavily on PowerPoint.) So, to present Shawn Brimley and Paul Scharre's concept for a military built from scratch, FP 's editors opted to show, not just tell. This visualization illustrates the key elements of the authors' full-scale redesign and underscores its stark contrast with the status quo. It's amazing what you can do with a blank slate.