AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY: MAYBE IT’S NOT ALL YOUR FAULT, ARMY!

No amount of strategy, operational art, or tactics can overcome a lack of national will In the United States, the employment of military forces is controlled by the military’s civilian, political masters. Subordination of our military to the civilian power is in line with our finest political traditions. It is a keystone of our democratic […]

OUR ARMY: RUN BY ENGINEERS, PREOCCUPIED WITH PROCESS?

Process and organization are merely the context within which the real, human, work of leadership occurs. West Point was the first U.S. school to offer instruction in civil engineering. West Point’s influence over the Army is debatable, but it certainly seeks to influence our young leaders. Graduates have and do make up our core cadre. […]

NEW RECRUITS GET TWO BLANKETS; MOBILIZING RESERVISTS, ONE

That there should be a connection between unit morale and combat effectiveness seems perfectly obvious. Why, then, do we treat our mobilizing soldiers so poorly? That there should be a connection between unit morale and combat effectiveness seems perfectly obvious. Why, then, do we treat our mobilizing soldiers so poorly? I am in the midst […]