Category Archives: Leadership

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 4

This episode’s theme was ‘The Home Front.’ The experiences of North and South Vietnam and the US were presented as equivalent in their social violence, but these are false equivalents. Burns presents the North as undergoing the ravages of bombing. … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 3

Ken Burns presents the US escalation of involvement in Vietnam as a couple living together: committed to remain uncommitted. As is the norm, whomever goes all in wins. Maybe VMI’s football team could learn a thing or two from that. … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 2

Part 2 could well be titled “A Tale of 5 Leaders” as Burns compares the effects of the different styles of leadership on the combatants. Uncle Ho and John Paul Vann as usual get a pass, while Kennedy and General … Continue reading

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“Axis of Adults”: Trump’s Generals

Today’s recommended reading. Not since the early days of the Ford administration has a general served as White House chief of staff—and arguably not since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, himself a retired general, have senior military officers wielded … Continue reading

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“Combat, Orders and Judgment”

Interesting companion piece to Tango 76’s Omaha Beach post last week. How often do we reward, in training, a good spot judgment that our subordinates made? How often were you rewarded for such a thing? Have we ever inserted a … Continue reading

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“Soldiers in the hands of an angry government”

Rebekah Sanderlin offers her thoughts from 2013 on this next Memorial Day. While SMA Dailey is concerned about uniforms, the costs of which will be born by military dependents . Interesting how everything cycles, but the Army never gets beyond bitterly … Continue reading

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Leading the Next Generation

As the newest batch of lieutenants and ensigns savor the moment, we don’t know if they’ll see 17 years (out of 20) of war or cleaning up a country after the socialists and communists initiated yet another Peoples’ Paradise just … Continue reading

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