Reinvention 101: 5 Lessons From Robert Downey, Jr. by Patrick J. Kiger

entrepreneur.com / view original The record-shattering opening success of The Avengers, which sold more than $200 million in theater tickets in the United States and did about $640 million in business worldwide during opening weekend, is further evidence of an amazing fact: Robert Downey, Jr. not only rules Hollywood, but he's staged an even more impressive turnaround than General …

Don’t Promote Mediocrity by Peter J. Munson

view original / smallwarsjournal.com Brigardier Mark Arnold, an Army reservist and CEO of a multinational manufacturing firm, argues for reforms to the military's personnel system in an essay at Armed Forces Journal. There are some familiar refrains here. Today’s best junior officers, those with high talent and a strong calling to service, should become the admirals and generals …

6 Habits of Truly Memorable People by Jeff Haden

view original / @jeff_haden / inc.com How to stick out in the minds of your colleagues and customers--no gimmicks required. In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable. While you don't have to be The Most Interesting Man in the World, being known is one of the main goals of marketing, advertising, and personal …

The Exit Interview

by J. William DeMarco In the Military we have a rather unique "tradition" of the exit interview.  When a commander is about to leave, public affairs or in the case of the Bloody Hundredth, the Wing Historian will give a quick interview regarding accomplishments, plans and vision.  It seemed to last no more than five minutes …

NATO’s Blind Spot

Washington Post May 22, 2012 Pg. 14 NATO's Blind Spot A summit in Chicago ignores the thousands dying in Syria. NATO's "victory" in Libya, senior U.S. officials recently wrote, was a "model intervention," a "teachable moment." "The first lesson is that NATO is uniquely positioned to respond quickly and effectively to international crises," the U.S. …

Retired General Talks Frankly On Defense Spending By Walter Pincus

Washington Post May 22, 2012 Pg. 13 Fine Print Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright aired some fresh ideas about U.S. defense policies last week. About the same time, the House was preparing to pass next year's Pentagon authorization bill and, in the process, illustrating Cartwright's point that the nation isn't downsizing correctly. The former …

White House Team Picks Attack Targets By Kimberly Dozier

Miami Herald May 22, 2012 Pg. 3 A change has been made in how the U.S. determines which terrorists should be targeted for drone attacks. Associated Press WASHINGTON — White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in choosing which terrorists will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure …