21st Century Expeditionary Mindset and Core Values: A Review of the Literature




Shields, Patricia M.

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This paper reviews literature on the expeditionary mindset and core values taking into account the 21st century security and technology environments. The paper begins by developing the historical context and providing definitions. Next, the paper explores the connection between the expeditionary mindset and military transformation. Key tenets of the 21st century expeditionary mindset are identified and examined. Soldiers with an expeditionary mindset should first, be mentally prepared to deploy on short notice anywhere in the world; second, have the critical-thinking skills necessary to adapt quickly to a changing operational environment; third, work cooperatively with members of a Joint team; fourth, posses knowledge of the culture in the area of the local populace, and; fifth, the expeditionary force will be using 21st century network centric technology. The paper concludes with a discussion of military core values within the context of an expeditionary mindset.



expeditionary mindset, military core values, expeditionary transformation, Political Science


Shields, P. M. (2009). 21st century expeditionary mindset and core values: A review of the literature. Prepared for the Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm, Sweden.


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