The Pentagon’s chief budget officer is ringing the alarm bell about looming budget cuts that could destroy the department’s new defense strategy and force the defense industry to face “absurdities” as defense programs are shuttered. “This is not the way … Continue reading →
by J. William DeMarco EPIC FAIL! Is that always a bad thing? Sitting here on my XX birthday… I ponder all the successes and the EPIC FAILs in life. Success does not mean avoiding failure… it is all what you … Continue reading →
blogger’s note: Something I have been pondering for years… and honestly generational issues truly fascinate me. Culture tells the story of YOUR time, YOUR history, what impact a generation as we grow and mature. In the military, politics, and I am sure in business…we are at a juncture…Baby Boomers staying loungers, but retiring, Gen X stepping into executive positions…but we are a small generation…and the millennials….probably one of the most exciting generations ever…can’t wait to see what happens!
Honoring Legacies and Supporting Innovation: The Multi-generational Landscape of Leadership
Blogger’s note: Been following Terry Starbucker for a while… highly recommend (go ahead, click the link above…come on). I came across this the other day and thought…how simple…and how true. I have been jotting things down for about 7-10 years now and have all the notebooks on shelves–probably need to review those books more often, but it does indeed serve to clarify thoughts and plans. This blog has done much of the same, I find myself looking back over articles and notes. Finally: don’t think I could have said it any better when Terry says:
“…something became clear – what he really liked about leadership was the simple act of making a difference. Contributing to something bigger than himself. Helping and teaching others.”
Here’s the scene: A 33 year-old man sits in his small office in a converted horse barn somewhere in rural Virginia, staring at a yellow legal pad. He’s bored, disillusioned, and borderline depressed.
Three years prior to this moment he moved 3,000 miles on a promise of great opportunity, but alas, the opportunity did not materialize. Rather, it was a move to oblivion, “working” on a project that did not exist, and for a man who ruled by fear and ridicule (especially in front of other people).
It was 1993, so there wasn’t even an Internet to help him find some solace as the clock went tick, tick, tick – no, it was just him and that yellow pad.
Boston Globe May 27, 2012 After a decade of ‘mission creep’–into diplomacy, agriculture, even energy policy–the Department of Defense has become America’s default tool for dealing with the world. Where does this leave the next president? When President Obama and … Continue reading →
John Nagl Friday, May 25, 2012 In every presidential election since 1992, the candidate with the less distinguished military résumé has triumphed. Bill Clinton defeated war heroes George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole; National Guard pilot George W. Bush beat … Continue reading →
For the last several years, myself and others have penned a number of articles here on The Diplomat concerning China’s Anti-Access/Area-Denial or A2/AD strategy. How the strategy would work on a theoretical or practical basis has therefore been well documented. But one aspect of this strategy that hasn’t been explained in as much detail, outside sometimes stuffy academic journals or think tank reports, is why China has developed such a strategy. In this case, the why is just as interesting as the strategy itself.