Require Marine officers to do as they’re told so – we can continue losing the WOT! (Attritionist Letter #4).

Obedience

Summary: Like all power tools, technology can hurt or help an organization — depending on how the leaders use it. Since the dawn of third generation warfare in WWI, the power of an army results from its speed as well its force. Fast recognition, fast decision-making, fast execution, fast learning -- these are power. This requires decentralization. … Continue reading Require Marine officers to do as they’re told so – we can continue losing the WOT! (Attritionist Letter #4).

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Teaching Marine junior officers to obey, not think (Attritionist Letter #3)

Command

Summary: "The Attritionist Letters" are Marine officers' protest about their general's policies that resulted in our failures in phase one of the WOT, now be be repeated in phase two by Trump's all-general national security team (since they refuse to admit these failures). This, the third letter, cuts to the heart of the problem. See the … Continue reading Teaching Marine junior officers to obey, not think (Attritionist Letter #3)

The Attritionist Letters: the Marines shackling their field-grade officers, & losing wars

America's generals

Summary: As we begin the second phase of our post-9/11 wars, let's ask why the first phase went so badly despite our vast expenditures of money and blood. This second of the Attritionist Letters, describes one reason for these failures (which will lead to failures in the second phase): generals shackle their field-grade officers. See the introduction to this … Continue reading The Attritionist Letters: the Marines shackling their field-grade officers, & losing wars