Naval War College Review


Andrew Stigler


Medical doctors are trained to recognize when patients’ complaints and self-diagnoses need to be ignored, lest the doctor be responsible for unneces- sary medical treatment. It is unfortunate that we do not have similar education for national security officials regarding threats to the nation. With such training, there is a chance we could avoid at least some of the overreactions to misperceived threats that have burdened recent American foreign policy.