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This issue was one of the interesting questions I dealt with in my dissertation which compared the changes in command and staff colleges, advanced warfighting institutions (such as the USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies) and War/ Defense/ Security colleges in the US, UK, Australia and Israel between 1991- 2003. Based on the historical background mentioned in the earlier comprehensive answers I expected the navy to attaches small significance to PME. However, I found that quite contrary the Navy in the last decade make steps to make both intermediate and senior staff courses mandatory. In addition to the reasons mentioned earlier, the Navy concluded that its personnel needs further knowledge in strategy and policymaking in order to be in equal status to the other services in the emerging joint/ interagency environment.The missing educational phase comparing to the Army and Air Force is in the advanced war warfighting institutions- the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) equivalent. As a result its officers recieve less education and training in planning and executing operational level campaigns. It offers them 3 months course instead 10 months program like SAMS. Dr. Tamir Libel Political Studies department Bar- Ilan university Israel Tamir Libel <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----