Luke Schumacher ’10 is quoted in The Washington Post concerning the transition of the United States Army as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and military budgets shrink. As a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Schumacher talks about the challenges confronting the upcoming generation of officers.
Schumacher was recently named one of the “14 Incredibly Impressive Students at West Point” along with Austin Welch ’11. He speaks Modern Arabic and Jordanian colloquial Arabic, has been published in academic journals, writing on the contemporary Islamic doctrine of jihad, and the effects of Egyptian regime change on the country’s prospects for war and peace. He is writing his senior thesis on domestic, political, and economic determinants that encourage the deployment of U.S. military force abroad. And he tutored Jordanian children in English and math while studying abroad in Amman.
The American Politics major serves as Battalion Executive Officer, making him responsible for leading a unit of 374 cadets and assuming command in the Commander’s absence. He plans to continue his studies of research methodology, war, and constitutionalism at graduate school in the United Kingdom in order to pursue a career as an Army strategist.