THE PCS PENALTY AND THE ARMY FAMILY

The types of families that make up the greater U.S. Army are far more diverse than 10-20 years ago. Dual income families are much closer to the norm and unfortunately the Army’s professional military education system and the moves associated with it force significant spouse unemployment. WAR ROOM welcomes back Paul Kearney to propose solutions to the system that aim to improve life at home, increase retention, and in turn maximize talent management.

SENIOR LEADER BEHAVIOR: WHAT DIFFERENCES MATTER?

In 2004, the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) directed the USAWC to conduct a study to inform the future development of Army Division Commanders In a March 2019 War Room article, we offered observations and recommendations for senior leader development using data collected for over a decade on the leader effectiveness […]

A SMARTER WAY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN

“Be All You Can Be”, “Army of One”, “Army Strong” these are just a few of the most recent slogans used by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in the last 40 years. The first remained in place for over 20 years. The last was 12 years running. But if the Army is going to meet […]

LOSING THE STRATEGIC “BATTLE” AGAINST THE PRC (BUT NOT THE “WAR”): PT II – TALENT MANAGEMENT

U.S. military culture revolves around the ‘cult of command.’ (In Part I of this two-part series, Hugh Harsono suggested the U.S. military loosen its “inflexibility” as to what it deems a “conflict domain” — and that the Department of Defense [DoD] also deepen its understanding of three specific emerging conflict domains: energy, telecommunications, and cyber. […]

THE BALANCING ACT FOR FEMALE OFFICERS

Meaningful progress will occur only when male leaders engage in deliberate and sustained efforts to change the culture and when the proportion of women increases more substantially. Although formal barriers to women’s participation across branches and specialties in the United States’ (U.S.) armed forces have been removed, women still comprise a relatively small percentage of […]

INCORPORATING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: LESSONS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Also listen to a related presentation on this topic on A BETTER PEACE: The WAR ROOM Podcast! The biggest challenge for any company in incorporating AI is its organizational culture Through visible steps forward such as the publication of the Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the establishment of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), […]

SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE NEEDS THE STILWELL COMBINATION

The Army needs officers with experience working in foreign countries where the situation is complex and ambiguous Training foreign armies to do the work we would otherwise have to do ourselves seems like a great idea. Known in the U.S. Army as security force assistance (SFA), it is less politically and financially costly than using […]

THREE FLAWED PRACTICES THAT UNDERMINE TALENT MANAGEMENT

Army talent management guidance is neither applied skillfully nor consistently Field grade leaders are failing to implement talent management at the battalion level. Rather than follow the clear guidance expressed in Army regulations and doctrine, most notably Army Pamphlet 600-3 (Officer Professional Development and Career Management) and Army Doctrinal Reference Publication 6-22 (Army Leadership), mid-grade […]

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 […]