LEADERSHIP ROLE MODELS IN FICTION: A WHITEBOARD

Before one can achieve anything (or even aspire to do so), one must find the inner resources needed to surmount challenges and acquire agency.   For this Whiteboard we reached out again to several scholars with the following prompt: Describe a positive or negative leadership role model from a character in fantasy literature, science fiction, or […]

THE 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

It’s that time of the year again. Time to find that perfect gift for your favorite national security professional. Maybe you’re looking for something for the office White Elephant exchange; maybe it’s a loved one you’re shopping for; or maybe you’re looking for something for yourself. Well we’re here to help find that special item […]

INSIDER THREATS – AN ESSAY CONTEST

As government and private organizations come to understand the extent, nature, and full context of insider threats, organizations are thinking about how to mitigate the problem. We’re down to the final week before the deadline of 15 Dec. There’s still plenty of time for you to get your entry in to warroomeditors@gmail.com. The criteria is […]

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THANKSGIVING 1863

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.   In the very heart of the U.S. Civil War, on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following proclamation to celebrate a day of national thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. Nearly a […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGACY OF THE VIETNAM CONFLICT: A WHITEBOARD

The very existence of the draft motivated enough men to enlist voluntarily that all branches of service were able to fill their quotas, often without conscripts. For this whiteboard we reached out again to several scholars and asked the following: What, to date, has been the most important legacy of the Vietnam Conflict? Readers are invited […]

WAR ROOM INDEX — VOL. 10 (SUMMER 2019)

This index is also available in PDF Form Volume 10 (Summer 2019) INDEX of Articles and Features WEEK OF 8 JULY 2019 THE DOD-CIA RELATIONSHIP: ARE WE MILITARIZING STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE? By David Oakley and Genevieve Lester July 9, 2019 How has the relationships among intelligence agencies evolved over the past half century, and why is […]

THE MILITARY AND THE MEDIA: A MATCH MADE IN…NECESSITY?

The general public often assumes a great deal about the relationship between the media and the military. This topic has been in the news a lot in 2019, with both military personnel and journalists separately weighing in. During academic year ’19 one elective specifically asked its students: What is the state of the military’s relationship […]

INSIDER THREATS – AN ESSAY CONTEST

As government and private organizations come to understand the extent, nature, and full context of insider threats, organizations are thinking about how to mitigate the problem.   The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI), in cooperation with WAR ROOM, is pleased to announce an essay contest to generate new ideas and […]

WHERE HAVE WE SUCCEEDED: A WHITEBOARD

In political terms, the operation helped improve public perceptions of the United States across Southeast Asia, at a moment when approval of the United States had reached a nadir.   For this whiteboard we reached out to several scholars and asked the following: US foreign policy since 11 September 2001 has been criticized for an […]

WAR ROOM INDEX — VOL. 9 (SPRING 2019)

This index is also available in PDF Form Volume 9 (Spring Qtr 2019) INDEX of Articles and Features WEEK OF 1 APRIL 2019 TENSIONS AND PARADOXES FACING SENIOR LEADERS (LEADER PERSPECTIVES) By Mark Carleton-Smith and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 2 April General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, British Army, discusses his perspectives on strategic leadership and balancing […]

BEST MOVIE TO TEACH LEADERSHIP: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE

How do you keep sending your people into the cauldron of combat, repeatedly? … These are tough topics that need to be thought about before you go down range for your first war. For this Whiteboard, the question we asked was the following: Which movie would you recommend to new lieutenants (or maybe cadets, or high-schoolers?) to […]

BEST MOVIE TO TEACH LEADERSHIP? A WHITEBOARD

The over-arching leadership theme that ‘The Post’ so effectively conveys is the familiar choice between the harder right and the easier wrong. As previous WAR ROOM releases show, film is a great means for learning about and discussing complex topics. In May 2018, Mark Gagnon talked to us about how one can learn about strategy using film. […]

*SECOND* BEST FIELD ARMY COMMANDER: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE

attributes essential for field army command: professional competence, courage (physical and moral), initiative, self-confidence, and intuition, the ability to see and feel things in the context of time and space We thank all those who contributed entries to our latest Whiteboard where we asked the following question: State, with no explanation, who you think is […]

THE *SECOND* BEST FIELD ARMY COMMANDER — A WHITEBOARD

Destroying enemy armies provides the best litmus test for ranking great army commanders Who’s the ‘best’ football player of all time? Or entertainer? Or U.S. President? Many people would answer with strong opinions which are difficult to argue against. It’s a subjective call – ‘best’ might be interpreted as ‘favorite,’ rather than the highest rated […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE (PART 2)

Planners for future wars must in the next war push the boundaries of where and when to consummate military operations This is the second set of top responses to the following question: What is the most important insight about war or strategy that we gain from the study of the First World War? If you […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE (PART 1)

‘if only the politicians had let us do our jobs’ remains a powerful military narrative We thank you for the overwhelming number of submissions in response to our question: What is the most important insight about war or strategy that we gain from the study of the First World War? We will publish the top […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: A WHITEBOARD

Men and women of all races and backgrounds were transformed by the war, whether they stayed at home or fought at the front Veteran’s Day is observed in the U.S. on November 11 of each year in commemoration of the armistice that ended hostilities in the First World War. At the eleventh hour of the […]

HALLOWEEN WHITEBOARD: THE UNDEAD GENERALS, PART 2

there are individuals and events in history so far outside the ordinary that a mere record of the facts, however detailed, cannot convey the worth of the man to the times he graced   Halloween is over, the Day of the Dead is here, and the debate continues…  Given the opportunity to lead your horrifying hordes […]