Why the Air Force Academy needs Connections

A recent article in the Atlantic argues that Air Force Cadets need to balance their concentration in STEM fields with the study of the humanities and social sciences.

“Solti and others at the Academy see a background in the humanities as a way to understand complex, interdisciplinary relationships between seemingly disparate entities. When military decision-makers consider possible tactics to approach a situation, they have to consider the people and relationships that decision may affect, even if those results aren’t immediately obvious.”

The title of the article, “Why Air Force Cadets Need to Study Philosophy,” is misleading.  It is not just philosophy, but the interdisciplinary study found in Connections, that improves the cadets’ ability to make good decisions.