Leading With Two Minds

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by bruno, May 14, 2010.

  1. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    Very interesting article in the NYT last week about the transformation of the Army in how it approached the war in Iraq. Very few people really appreciate that the Army and Marine Corps are intellectually challenging and thoughtful organizations that value analytical approaches to problem solving. IT is not composed primarily of knuckledraggers who believe that more force is the answer to every problem or even that there is a one size fits all approach to every issue. Gen Petraeous, BG HR MacMaster & Gen Mattis (USMC) are just some examples.

  2. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Also interesting to note that BG McMaster was almost Col (ret) McMaster. The military can adapt, but it still takes large pushes.

    In some ways, the length of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars helped us develop effective COIN strategy. We had time to learn, try different ideas, and watch the reaction. (This, of course, also came at a very high price in lives and fortune.)

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