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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

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Petraeus’s Baby

Summary:  Even the war’s supporters paint a gloomy picture of the current situation.  Post by Don Vandergriff.  Obama’s presidency is now being defined by four intractable problems: Persistent High Unemployment due to the intractable Great Recession a Financial Giveaway that protected rich Wall Street bankers at the expense of the masses who are suffering economically …

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