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 […]

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE CIVILIAN WORLD AND THE MILITARY

[The Harold K. Johnson Chair] is an effort to bring civilians into the military in order to chip away at the gap that exists … between the civilian world and the military As a follow-up to her WAR ROOM article on professional military education, former Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History Dr. Jennifer Mittelstadt […]

BIAS: THE HIDDEN FIGURE IN DIVERSITY

Diversity alone, without a climate that fosters it, does little to root out latent racism, sexual harassment, and other manifestations of bias There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors, yet […]

TOO MUCH WAR, NOT ENOUGH COLLEGE

Army leadership should inject more ‘college’ in the War College by hiring more civilian academic instructors. When I arrived at the U.S. Army War College in August 2017 as the Harold K. Johnson Chair in Military History I walked into an institution debating its future. ┬áDuring my first weeks at the War College, I met […]