WHEN A GENERAL WRITES FOR THE GENERALIST (ON WRITING)

A BETTER PEACE welcomes authors General Sir Rupert Smith and Ilana Bet-El to the virtual studio to talk about the ultimate goal of being understood as authors. Smith and Bet-El are co-authors of The Utility of Force now available in a second edition. They join our own Michael Neiberg to discuss their collaborative process and the different strengths and attributes they each bring to the effort. He is a retired British Army officer with a wealth of experience in matters of war and diplomacy culminating as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. She is a strategic adviser, writer and historian with experience at the UN as well as advisory work around the world. Together they compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses to produce a book that is readable by academic, specialist and generalist alike.

Editor’s Note: We apologize for the intermittent sound quality of our guests. We had technical difficulties with the equipment, but we feel the intent of the conversation remains intact and is well worth the distractions.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CLASSIFICATION

I think the most important thing the public should know about classification is that there are rules. The Department of Defense does not just make up what they think is classified. No, NOTHING in this episode is classified. If you’re a novice to the world of classification, have you ever wondered who classifies something and […]

IS THE “CHAIN OF COMMAND” STILL MEANINGFUL?

In the face of so much change in the private sector, continued adherence to formal structures in the military seems old-fashioned. Without a doubt, the chain of command is one of the most durable concepts in military organizations. From Roman times until present, the chain of command fixed formal authorities and accountability from the highest […]

COMFORTABLY CONVERSATIONAL: PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR PROS

If you doubt your command of the information that you are presenting, you are halfway defeated before you even start. Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me Is there anyone at home? – Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb,” The Wall (1979) When effective military leaders consider the reasons […]