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I took time off to go down to Richmond and the Museum of the Confederacy on Friday the 6 February to participate in this decision making exercise as a guest of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS)-(I was a student of Amphibious Warfare School 1990-91). Every once and a while, I also volunteer to teach in their advanced warfighting seminar on Thursday nights because half of the 40 students in the seminar are Army captains, and it is another opportunity to mentor and teach these future leaders.

The German General Staff used Kriegspiel in the late 19th Century as a method of educating commanders and their staffs regarding their duties during wartime. We played the August 1862 campaign in central and northern Virginia (I used Kriegspiel when I ran the Maneuver Warfare club at Georgetown ROTC). The centerpiece is a referee and simple rules (I have the entire packet if you are interested in seeing what you have to do to run it). But the referee or umpire, has to be incredibly knowledgeable of war to provide information of the particulars of the scenario. The umpire has to constantly make on the spot comments to the opposing sides on what they likely see, and how combat is resolved. I played the Assistant Adjutant General (AAG)(Civil War Ops officer) to General John Pope (played by instructor Phil Gibbons).



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Deciding Under Pressure…and Fast Workshop Video Sneak Peak 24 March 2009 Tuesday March 24th 2009 (8:30AM-4:30PM) Taunton Holiday Inn 700 Myles Standish Blvd. Taunton, MA 02780

Here is a video clip of me conducting his Deciding Under Pressure and Fast Workshop for the British Council’s TransAtlantic Network 2020 September 28-1 October 2008 in Belfast Ireland (it was a great trip and outstanding students) whose purpose is to build leadership contacts between the U.S. and Europe, while developing leadership. They brought in very talented people from throughout N. America, Europe, Asia and Africa, who, during our phase (two phases on in Belfast and the other in Dublin) studied modern conflict. My track was called “Utility of Force.”

This is what will be similiar to what Lieutenant Fred Leland and I do on the 24th of March 2009, already 30 people signed up from law enforcement agencies.

Click here to see video Deciding Under Pressure…and Fast

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Outstanding interview with Winslow Wheeler and COL GI Wilson about America’s Defense Meltdown on the radio yesterday.  This is the moral courage that leaders of character possess to tell unpopular truths with harder to take solutions to fix those problems.
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America’s Defense Meltdown

Our leaders in Washington may be fully aware of the current financial crisis, but they might be unprepared for the possible collapse of our national defense. That’s the warning from military and civilian defense experts in the anthology “America’s Defense Meltdown” edited by Winslow Wheeler. The book’s contributing authors argue that the country is descending deeper into debt from out-of-control spending on costly and ineffective weapons. Larry Mantle talks with Winslow Wheeler, and G.I. Wilson about the breakdown of the country’s military-industrial complex and what should be done about it.

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(Left, clockwise) Lt. Col. Raymond Dickerson, 442nd Signal Battalion, Capt. Kyle Yates, Headquarters A Co. 442nd Signal Battalion, Maurice Canady, 442nd Signal Battalion and Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Rickerson, 442nd Signal Battalion discuss their scenario with facilitator (center) retired Maj. Donald Vandergriff during a training session Aug. 21, 2008 at Fort Gordon, Ga.,

Innovative training methods mold next generation leaders

Lt. Col. Kris Ellis
442nd Signal Battalion
September 12, 2008

A seminar recently met, breaking into working groups, talking through scenarios; but there were no agendas, no established break times and really no boundries or guidance given.

The instructor didn’t even introduce himself. The students could just let their thoughts run. Could freeing up the training environment help leaders learn how to make decisions fast? (more…)

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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.


Army rethinking anti-Taliban effort

By David Wood
December 26, 2008

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


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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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I am honored to have leadership expert John Baldoni review Manning the Legions. Sorry I have been absent from the blog for a while. I have been travelling doing the workshop.

“Here’s a “review” of your latest fine book… focusing on applications to the corporate world.


Best wishes…


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