Talent Shortage or Talent Failure? by C. William Guy

Doom and gloom population predictions have pervaded the press for several decades. Following the Baby Boomer generation (approx. 76 million births from 1946 to 1964), in the 1970’s the U.S. government enacted a host of laws and bureaucracy to encourage population control. Population problems were regularly highlighted on the front pages of newspapers, on TV …

A new principle of war ‘Understanding’ must take its rightful place atop the pantheon

BY FRANK HOFFMAN Reflecting revered assumptions and long-standing paradigms, The Principles of War are a list of tenets enshrined since 1949 in the Army’s Field Manual 3-0 “Operations” and more recently in other service and joint doctrines. These foundations — Mass, Maneuver, Unity of Command, and the rest — have stood largely pat for a …

The Truth Behind Competing Claims About The Defense Budget By Kate Brannen

Defense News February 6, 2012 Pg. 6 The Truth Behind Competing Claims About The Defense Budget By Kate Brannen Depending on who you're listening to in Washington, you could think the defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act are going to cause the sky to fall or they're no big deal. Participants on each …

The Perils of Bad Strategy: JUNE 2011 • Richard Rumelt

Bad strategy abounds, says UCLA management professor Richard Rumelt. Senior executives who can spot it stand a much better chance of creating good strategies. Horatio Nelson had a problem. The British admiral’s fleet was outnumbered at Trafalgar by an armada of French and Spanish ships that Napoleon had ordered to disrupt Britain’s commerce and prepare …

4 Harbingers of BAD Strategy organized by J. William DeMarco (sort of…)

Bad strategy is more than just the absence of good strategy. All too often, bad strategy consists of nothing more than platitudes, unrealistic goals and warm-and-fuzzy sounding slogans. Good strategy, by contrast, specifies how an organization will focus its resources to respond to challenges and move forward toward greatness. After reading Does U.S. Need Grand …

Dempsey Downplays ‘Reversibility’ Concept By Emelie Rutherford

Defense Daily February 2, 2012 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned yesterday against putting much weight on the term “reversibility,” which Pentagon officials said will guide budget decision to ensure the military can quickly respond to unforeseen threats. “I’m not sure where that came from,” Gen. Martin Dempsey told the Reserve Officers …