On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, a group of participants led by Victor David Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, met to discuss the newly created Project for the Study of Military History and Contemporary Conflict. The project will reflect how military operations intersect with public policy and ideas defining a free society and offer commentary on current military operations in the context of military history. The participants include military historians, analysts, journalists, and military officers. Hoover research fellows Bruce Thornton, Joseph Felter, and Gil-li Vardi are among the participants.
The workshop will also touch on the theoretical and the pragmatic, ranging from areas of history to the best focus for the group’s resources to the optimum structure with which to explore and disseminate its views. Session one dealt with war and conflict in the past, present, and future. Session two included a discussion on the role of government and the military. Session three explored methodologies and approaches. Session four centered on project objectives; session five concluded with how the study will involve the United States.