WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR ONE TO SUCCEED IN A MULTINATIONAL ASSIGNMENT?

How important is enhancing unity of effort … [so] all the differences in culture, values, caveats, mindsets, etc. are harmonized for a common objective? Service at the strategic level sometimes involves working with international partners and possibly serving within multinational environments, such as NATO in Belgium or UN peacekeeping missions. The experiences of American officers […]

DEVELOPING SENIOR OFFICERS WHO SOLDIERS WANT TO FOLLOW

Self-awareness continues to be a requirement for effective leadership at every level For over a decade, several Army War College (USAWC) colleagues have run a simple exercise with their students. Students are asked to think of the general officers and flag officers (GO/FO) with whom they have directly worked or have only one degree of […]

LEADING AND WINNING IN GREAT POWER COMPETITION (LEADER PERSPECTIVES)

We definitely want leaders that know how to win A BETTER PEACE welcomes Admiral John Richardson, the 31st Chief of Naval Operations, to present his perspectives on strategic leadership. Admiral Richardson’s talk focuses on the qualities necessary to lead in an environment of growing great power competition — integrity, toughness, accountability, and initiative. How should […]

WHITEBOARD: DOES ‘BROADENING’ WORK?

The problem with broadening assignments is the persistent tension between the requirements of the force and the desire to broaden officers A previous Whiteboard was highly critical of Army leader development, with complaints including retaining old human resource paradigms long abandoned by civil society and sustaining up-or-out systems of promotion. This Whiteboard explores one part […]

DITCH THE CHECKLISTS: LET’S EDUCATE LEADERS!

There’s twenty-four outcomes that you’re supposed to do, they would come in and go ‘Prove to me your assessment on all twenty-four of these things.’ The 2018 National Defense Strategy includes the following stark assessment of Professional Military Education, or PME: “PME has stagnated, focused more on the accomplishment of mandatory credit at the expense […]

WHITEBOARD RESPONSE: HOW WELL DOES THE ARMY DEVELOP STRATEGIC LEADERS?

U.S. Army strategic leaders must be ‘War Winners,’ not ‘War Managers.’ The responses to our first Whiteboard were overwhelming! Thank you to everyone who submitted. We received a large number of strong responses. The second Whiteboard launches 20 July, and we will be running these exercises regularly. Stay tuned. Based on the judgment of the editorial board, […]

WHITEBOARD: HOW WELL DOES THE ARMY DEVELOP STRATEGIC LEADERS?

Whatever roles military strategic leaders play… they do so as experts in the fighting and winning of wars. Welcome to the inaugural edition of WAR ROOM’s Whiteboard, which invites contributors to  comment briefly on an issue relevant to national security, defense, and military leadership. Each whiteboard will be followed 3-4 weeks later (pending reader submissions) by […]

HOW DO GREAT STRATEGIC LEADERS DEVELOP OTHERS?

How do you really make a difference to inspire people around you? WAR ROOM welcomes special guest Major General John S. Kem, the 51st Commandant of the U.S. Army War College to discuss leader development. Who does it well, and why is it so hard to do in the Army? What principles can leaders adopt […]

GREAT CAPTAINS: COMMAND & THOSE WHO DID IT BEST

Greatness … should be judged by some combination of leaders’ political impact; strategic, operational, or tactical brilliance; and innovation and effects on subsequent military practice. What makes a military leader great? WAR ROOM’s new podcast series, Great Captains, takes up this old question. Moderated by Dr. Andrew Hill, Editor-in-Chief of WAR ROOM and Chair of […]

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF ARMY MENTORING

Participants in workplace mentoring relationships must be wary of bad practices, and should be aware of how such practices can harm both mentors and protégés. I’m going to mentor the <bleep> out of you. You’ve probably never heard those exact words come out of a mentor’s mouth, but you’ve probably had professional relationships that felt […]

SEX, GENDER, & THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE MILITARY’S CULTURAL CONVERSATION

There remain deep and lingering anxieties about diversity… Military and civilian leaders should confront this cultural pathology head on. In April 2017, U.S. Army War College faculty and students attended a mandatory training session on the recent Department of Defense policy regarding open service by transgender people. I watched an auditorium full of students and […]