Category Archives: Leadership

DoD News: the Bad, the Good, and the Troubling

This is bad. This is very bad. This is good: a lone man, visiting the freshest graves in Arlington. This is troubling: two stories in which following one’s conscience requires not following a lawful order. Given the timeline from alert … Continue reading

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From the Battlefield to Business Owner

With these entrepreneurs, I’d be worried about the sharks in the shark tank.

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The CSAF Get’s It

So why does the Chief of Staff of the USAF have to help an airman get in touch with his family in Puerto Rico.  What about his Chain of Command.

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If It Is Happening at West Point

Then VMI is not far behind. It’s never far behind the latest educational fad. From these articles, it looks like America’s military service academies are toast. It may take 30 years or more to flush the trash from the leadership … Continue reading

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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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