Looking to the Future: Army 2020 By Lance M. Bacon

DeM Banter:  I'm still looking for the ah-ha moment...where it all begins to make sense...anyone?  Bueller? http://www.defensenews.com / View Original / October 22nd, 2013 Though the discussion was about building the Army that will exist beyond 2020, many attitudes and approaches were met with real-time frustrations from service members, foreign militaries and industry leaders. The goal is to go …

10 Qualities Every Leader of The Future Needs to Have By Martin Zwilling

DeM Banter:  Nice piece from Mr Zwilling....but I honestly worry sometimes about getting too "soft" in our approach to leading---that said, it would seem a leader could hit all the traits below and still be firm, decisive, and visionary... you think? http://www.entrepreneur.com/ View Original / October 29th, 2013 The reigning theory in business has long been that "alpha" leaders make …

Our Fear of Al-Qaeda Hurts Us More Than Al-Qaeda Does By David Rohde

DeM Banter:  How much is enough?  We seem to be running headlong into a 1984-esqu dystopian society and what is shocking is there is not more of an outcry.  We need a "roles and missions" conversation and a constitutional review.  If we could be more transparent in how we discussed and how we illustrate success …

Odierno: Developing Adaptive Leaders is Priority By Michelle Tan

DeM Banter:  It seems that Gen Odierno and Gen Welsh get this...yet movement appears to be non-existant (perhaps it is different in the Army). The Army has unveiled a leader development strategy, a comprehensive effort led by Odierno to bring back into focus training and education in leadership... as well as launching leader development forums ...and the USAF?  …

Doing Leadership or Being a Leader? …DeMarco Banter

As another class graduates the USAF's Officer Training School and we launch another round of officers into the breach of America's military--I know we are indeed training officers, but I wonder if we are really building leaders. Massive bureaucracies tend to only think of leadership in terms of action--as in...what can we measure?  What can …

Spate of military misconduct cases worries Pentagon brass by David S. Cloud

DeM Banter:  There is a standard... I know we don't like to talk about it but we need to... there are expectations of leaders...no matter what network TV says, the press, or anyone else... a comment like: “What I think is happening is that in a combat setting where you value competence, sometimes character got a …

Anger Growing Among Allies on U.S. Spying By Alison Smale

DeM Banter:  And the hits just keep coming... The USAF has core values.... Service, Excellence, and Integrity... I have always had my own...  Honor, Respect, and Loyalty...and...Integrity has to be a baseline...Wonder what our nation's core values are? Something to ponder today... http://www.nytimes.com / View Original / October 23rd, 2013 BERLIN — The diplomatic fallout from the documents harvested …

Amnesty International says US could be guilty of war crimes over use of drones By Rob Crilly

DeM Banter:  Increasingly having to go to foreign papers for data... or maybe it is just me...and then there's this...as we leave the AOR...what will be the US legacy?  Islamabad, www.telegraph.co.uk / View Original / October 22nd, 2013 Amnesty International says US may be guilty of war crimes over its use of drone strikes after finding evidence of civilian deaths …