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Dave Wood happens to be one of my favorite journalist as well as a friend. Why is he one of my favorite and one of the best? Because he is out there with the Soldiers and Marines constantly walking the front lines, seeing for himself what the truth is, and then telling it.  As I say in my new chapter, “Leading the Human Dimension out of a Legacy of Failure” in the book America’s Defense Meltdown, we must think the entire way we man, structure and our doctrine in dealing with a 4th Generation Warfare world. The past in throwing money at the problem is at an end, now it is going to take brain power and innovative ideas, as well as moral courage to evolve our defense establishment to where it can deal with today’s and tomorrow’s threats. Dave Wood does a good job pointing out some of the things in regards to training and education that I am seeing in the U.S. Army.

Don

Army rethinking anti-Taliban effort

By David Wood
December 26, 2008
FORT BRAGG, N.C.

In a sandy clearing in the pine woods, Special Forces soldiers and civilians are struggling with the riddle of Afghanistan.

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I wish all of you a great Christmas, and the best for 2009.  I pray for our new leadership led by President-elect Obama, and that they put service to the nation above service to self.  They have an incredible challenge to change the course of our nation and get it back on track. We will never return, should we want too, to the old ways of recent history. They must lead by example, stop the corruption, and encourage my fellow citizens to get off their dependency of foreign oil and credit. My prayers also go to our service men and women while they are away and serving our nation admirably.

Talk soon, and go out and do something positive for one other person today or over the holidays.

Don

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As you all know, I do not endorse candidates for political office.  A friend of mine, though, asked if I’d publish his broadsheet campaigning to have the Obama administration appoint retired US Army General Russ Honoré to head the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  I think it’s a great idea, and since one doesn’t run for FEMA head, it doesn’t violate our no-political-endorsement policy. Plus, General Honore is one of my favorite leaders, and did an outstanding job during Katrina. I have had the honor to meet the general on several occasions. He is a dynamic and decisive leader, and his talents will go far in fixing FEMA if appointed to its head.  Watch out bureaucrats and poor leaders, trouble is coming your way.

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by William S. Lind
15 December 2008

America’s Defense Meltdown is the title of a new book on military reform, edited by Winslow Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information. In it, some of the leading figures from the military reform movement of the 1970’s and ‘80’s update their work and relate it to today’s challenges, including that posed by Fourth Generation war.

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Why doesn’t our country learn? This post was forwarded to me by my mentor and friend, Mr. Chuck Spinney. Chuck demonstrated untouchable moral courage while posted in the Pentagon’s Fighter Weapons shop. He continually reminded the establishment of the death ride it was taking on the tail of high tech weapons programs. As long as our nation continues to vote for resumes without regard to character, and endorse our new values system of “things, money and time” then we will continue on a demise similar to the Roman empire of the 4th century, except at a faster pace.

Again, I pray that our new President Barak Obama will be more honest with the American people.

Two cheers for Rod Blagoevich
By Frank Rich
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rod Blagojevich is the perfect holiday treat for a country fighting off depression. He gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce. From a safe distance outside Illinois, it’s hard not to laugh at the “culture of Chicago,” where even the president-elect’s Senate seat is just another commodity to be bought and sold.

But the entertainment is escapist only up to a point. What went down in the Land of Lincoln is just the reductio ad absurdum of an American era where both entitlement and corruption have been the calling cards of power. Blagojevich’s alleged crimes pale next to the larger scandals of Washington and Wall Street. Yet those who promoted and condoned the twin national catastrophes of reckless war in Iraq and reckless gambling in our markets have largely escaped the accountability that now seems to await the Chicago punk nabbed by the U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

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Tuesday March 24th 2009 (8:30AM-4:30PM)
Taunton Holiday Inn
700 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton, MA 02780

“Decisions without Actions are Pointless. Actions without Decisions are Reckless.”
~Col. John Boyd

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Building Adaptive Leaders
The Army Can Adapt Its Institution (Pt. 1)
by Major Donald E. Vandergriff, Small Wars Journal

Building Adaptive Leaders (Full PDF Article)

Warfare has evolved to the point that the central idea is that small unit leaders in direct contact with the enemy can see and react to situational changes much faster than could the more senior leaders in the rear. This occurs despite the advent of information technology. This technology laid over an Industrial age hierarchal force structure confined with leaders developed through an industrial age personnel system can make it tempting for leaders to micromanage. Thus, the decision cycle slows down. But, warfare now demands something different. Small unit leaders who were once only concerned with choosing which battle drill now make decisions which have strategic implications. The question arises, how can we evolve the current way of developing leaders and Soldiers (Marines as well) that prepares them earlier to be complex problem solvers?

The Army acknowledges the need for change. The Army has begun an evolution in the way we develop-train, educate, access, promote and select-leaders, specifically how do we evolve adaptability. It is now implementing two training and leadership development models. In part I, I will discuss the Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM) as an approach to develop adaptability and decision making skills. In part II, I will discuss Outcomes Based Training & Education (OBT&E).

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