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Even though many of his political operatives are surely anxious for presidential candidate Obama to shore up his national security credentials by selecting a retired general as his running mate, he should not choose one.  The reason is simple: the ones available simply do not have the requisite moral character and professional acumen.  Today’s June 30 issue of Defense News is running a new commentary by Straus Military Reform Project adviser Col. Douglas Macgregor arguing the case.

Read this commentary and below.

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This entry was posted on 6/28/2008 12:00 AM and is filed under Decision Making, Adaptability, COL John Boyd.

Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland (LESC) Form Training Alliance & Bring Deciding Under Pressure… and Fast to New England

With scientific discoveries and technological changes being developed so rapidly in our society it is easy to forget the importance of the human mind and how it relates to decision making and conflict, in our rapidly changing world. For a majority of U.S. communities, college campuses and businesses the first line of defense is an Public Safety Force (law enforcement and security officers)- dedicated individuals, often lacking both the resources and the experience required to confront lethal and, seemingly, unpredictable threats. MAJ Don Vandergriff and Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (LESC) is in the position to change that. Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland (LESC) have formed a training alliance to bring this evolutionary method of training to security and law enforcement officers. Deciding Under Pressure…And Fast will better prepare leaders and frontline personnel to mange the information and decision-making process in support of confident, legal and effective policing and security practices. Don and Fred have worked with the military, armed and unarmed security and law enforcement officers to develop their capacity for “in the moment tactical decision making.” This formed alliance, both students of the theories of COl John Boyd, teaches individual officers, and team leaders, how to assess, adapt and manage threats to better protect the public and themselves.

Purpose:

Cultural change begins with the application of a new leader development model in place of techniques being used today in both institutions and operational units. A new leader development approach known as the Adaptive Course Model (ACM) is cultural rather than a prescribed list of procedures and exercises. ACM develops adaptability through the use of outstanding teachers who use the experiential learning model to teach rapid decision making (RDM) process. ACM forms the beginning of the next revolution- a revolution in education-that will spur an evolution into a new personnel management system centered on professionalism and flexibility. This course will focus on how to begin the evolution into a new leader paradigm.

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I continue to contend that we the people are guilty of our own forthcoming catastrophes not only looming on the horizon, but beginning to occur today.

We keep electing the same “cheerleaders.”

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We all think of Socrates when we ask what makes a great teacher.

A great teacher is a leader, a mentor, someone who encourages life-long learning. A teacher’s objective is to make their students better than they are. A teacher does not have an ego, but has pride in putting out the best students, but pride does not prevent the assimilation of better ideas, whatever it takes to give the best to their students.

The greatest compliment a teacher can receive is years later when hearing from a former student that says “thanks, you prepared me for…and you made a difference in my life.” A good teacher may not even get great evaluations during or right after the conclusion of their course. As a matter of fact, they may come under criticism, especially in today’s environment where answers are always given and immediate results are sought, from students because the teacher is forcing them to think and discover.

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I just spent the last four weeks at various locations presenting my “Deciding Under Pressure and Fast” workshop on how to teach adaptability and create learning organizations.  A common question, a subtle point of resistance, is always “We agree with what you are putting us through. It is better than what we do now, but we don’t have the instructors to do what you teach. Can you help, tell, us how to certify instructors?”

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A dramatic event drives organizational or cultural adaptation. While suffering short term pain (sacrifice) usually develops into long term health.

Since the strategic leaders (politicians) refuse to address (well thought out solutions) the looming catastrophic energy crisis, I see the rising gasoline prices as a good thing (for more details dealing with this issue please go to http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/)

Now, the people who are struggling with higher gas prices, particularly small business owners will say I am wrong.  Unfortunately, this is what is called sacrifice.  Most all of us, except the rich, are feeling the pinch. But, I already see good things in a supposed bad situation, and it is called adaptation. For our nation to get strong again, with a vibrant middle class, and people that are not dependent on the government for every entitlement, we must make small sacrifices now, instead of giant ones later that will likely throw our nation into chaos.

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William S. Lind
June 9, 2008

Robert Doughty’s Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, published in 2005, completes his trilogy on the French Army from 1914 to 1940. Both of his other books, The Seeds of Disaster, which is the definitive history of French Army doctrinal development between the wars, and The Breaking Point, the story of the French defeat at Sedan in 1940 when the Second and Third Generations of modern war met head-on, are in the canon. For those new to 4GW literature, the canon is the list of seven books which, read in the correct order, take the reader from the First Generation into the Fourth. It can be found as an appendix to FMFM 1-A, Fourth Generation War, on the DNI website.

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