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How bad is our bloat of generals? How does it compare with other armies?

Summary:  As a followup to yesterday’s powerful rant by Richard A Pawloski (Captain, USMC, retired) about our bloated corps of senior generals, today we look at the actual numbers.  They show that Pawloski understated the situation, and that only many more rants can reform our military. It’s not just expensive, and detrimental to their effectiveness, …

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Do we need so many and such well-paid generals and admirals?

Summary: In today’s post guest author Richard A Pawloski (Captain, USMC, retired) asks some hard questions about the senior ranks of the US officer corps.  The military is the most trusted institution in America, and so has successfully resisted most efforts to reform it — or even slow its growth. Will this change in the …

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Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military leadership

A summary view of our senior officer class:  “Glibness, Superficial Charm, Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth, Deceitful, Cunning, Manipulative, Lacks Remorse, Callous, Lacks Empathy, Does Not Accept Responsibility for Own Actions, and Impulsiveness … ”  That’s the conclusion of GI Wilson (Colonel, USMC, retired) in this important essay.   Introduction from the Editor The internal workings …

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Our growing domestic insurgency: revolt of the generals

Summary:   A sign of our ovine nature is the torpor with which we watch alarming events, such as the inevitable consequences of a long war.  Our  forefathers warned us, but we didn’t listen.  Now come the consequences. Slowly over the past five years evidence has accumulated that our military leaders have grown so powerful that they can …

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About military leaders in the 21st century: “Theirs Is to Reason Why”

Summary:  It’s Vandergriff week on the FM website.  Today we have the third article in this series, an excerpt from “Theirs Is to Reason Why“, Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, February 2010.  It’s about building an army for the 21st century, where the right training might prove more decisive than the right high-tech vehicles …

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