Loss Leader: The Army needs to admit it has a problem — or things will only get worse. By David W. Barno

DeM Banter: I do believe Gen Hodges article yesterday...only further made Gen Barno's case....but alas it is an interesting debate between the Industrial Revolution model leader and a 21st Century Leader. Times have changed and continue to changed at an ever increasing pace... Are our I institutions willing to do the same? ForeignPolicy.com March 29, …

Army Strong Actually, Lt. Gen. Barno, the best and the brightest are staying in uniform. By Lt. Gen. Frederick ‘Ben’ Hodges

DeM Banter: Interesting article, yet strange...good to see a debate between Lt. Gens. Hodges and Barno, but this says a ton about the opposition to Barno's article...simply by arguing the issues below...isn't Hodges making Barno's point? I don't know...thoughts? ForeignPolicy.com March 27, 2013 While I respect his service and perspective on today's military strategy and …

Veterans Must Learn To Connect With American Civilians By John F. Kirby

DeM Banter: Nice! I have been pondering for a long while...but could have never captured this an eloquently as Admiral Kirby. We (as a military) can not take for granted the support America provides...and we have to be oh so careful not to abuse it. We should never expect special treatment...we all volunteer, we all …

Heed Ronald Reagan On Missile Defense By Rep. Doug Lamborn

DeM Banter: 30 years ago...wow, really? Good words from Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)...might be a good thing to have...maybe? Still Wondering Where the Lions Are... Politico.com March 26, 2013 Opinion Contributor "Our only purpose -- one all people share -- is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war." With those words, …

Delegation…What is it good for? Absolutely everything: DeMarco Banter

Delegation (or passing down) is the partnership of authority and responsibility to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. It is one of the core concepts of leadership. However the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate …

On The Hill, They’re Not Heeding The Lessons Of War By Walter Pincus

DeM Banter: Sometimes there are just limits to what can be done given the human condition. Pondering how this will end up... in the short term it will be akin to Libya, in the long term it will be Afghanistan after the Soviet Invasion. We can not forget Iranian and Russian ties to Assad. Further …

Rethinking U.S. Security Strategy By Hans Binnendijk

DeM Banter: Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Does the below "strategy" seem like merely renaming the status quo to anyone but me? Forward-partnering will be heard all over DC now... replacing the former "lead from behind," which replaced enabling, which replaced enlargement...all …

Mistakes, Classmates, Risks, Leadership, and 5 Questions: DeMarco Banter

One of the greatest things about the work I do is having the opportunity to speak with young leaders. If you have ever stood on a stage and asked a group such as this for questions, it usually starts with silence until the first student gets up the nerve, and then the questions usually just …