Reforming the US Army: can be done, must be done.

{Military reform} is not attacking the people in the Army, many of which sacrifice so much so many times. It is not the people, the vast majority which really adhere to the values of the services; it is the systems that manage them that are so bad and out of date. A lot of people … Continue reading Reforming the US Army: can be done, must be done.

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How did the US Army’s leadership problem grow so bad?

Summary:  The US spends $600 billion on the US military (narrowly defined; almost a trillion broadly), yet repeatedly fails to defeat our poorly trained and equipped foes. In this chapter of our series asking "why", Don Vandergriff points to ways the Army selects and promotes officers (its problems are usually about people; seldom about hardware).  … Continue reading How did the US Army’s leadership problem grow so bad?

Leadership in action: when resource constraints meet conspicuous consumption, we just ignore the problem

Summary:  Rising population, finite resources.  Don Vandergriff asks if we have the creativity and wisdom to cope with these two colliding trends?  “In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if, in tempestous seasons, they can only tell us that when the storm is long past the … Continue reading Leadership in action: when resource constraints meet conspicuous consumption, we just ignore the problem

Dragging American Military Culture into the 21st Century

Summary:  Our soldiers fight using 21st century weapons but ancient methods.  Under the stress of a decade-long and running long war against adaptive but poorly equipped enemies, our military slowly evolves from its WWI doctrines (massed firepower, 2GW), towards methods used by the Wehrmacht in WWII ( maneuver war, 3GW).  The origin of these doctrines lies in the century following … Continue reading Dragging American Military Culture into the 21st Century

Afghanistan war logs: Shattering the illusion of a bloodless victory

Summary:  Don Vandergriff looks at the significance of the Wikileaks documents about the Af-Pak War, borrowing the title from the Guardian article. It is not as if the disaster described below, in the Afghan war logs released by Wikileaks to the Guardian, the New York Times , and der Spiegel, was not foreseeable.   For example, my close friend and … Continue reading Afghanistan war logs: Shattering the illusion of a bloodless victory

Another example of our nation’s leadership crisis: Tim Geithner’s Ninth Political Life

Summary:  To prosper -- perhaps even to survive -- the 21st century we must have adequate leadership.  In this post by Don Vandergriff, we look at our leaders, both as a class and one in particular.  It's not a pretty picture. My post a couple of months ago about William Deresiewcz’s fantastic article fits here:  "Solitude … Continue reading Another example of our nation’s leadership crisis: Tim Geithner’s Ninth Political Life