Donald Vandergriff

Military Historian, author of four books and 60 articles on military affairs, leadership, maneuver warfare, and the generations of war. Currently a day time employee of L-3 Communications in support of Army TRADOC, and on the side I run Maverick leadership

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).  …

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A Thanksgiving Day note

Summary:  Don Vandergriff tells us about a well-deserved Medal of Honor presented to SSG Giunta by President Obama.  As a contrast, Obama awards an undeserved Medal of Freedom to money, in the person of Warren Buffett. . For those of us not able to be present when this young NCO received the Medal of Honor, here is a video link to the …

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