And, action…

“Leadership is one of the oldest and most distinctive arts in the profession of arms; in its simplest definition, it is the art of directing the actions of others.” Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau (1902 to 1991) Arthur Gilbert Trudeau was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He is best known for his… Read More

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A Loud Example…

“Leaders must talk if they are to lead. Action is not enough. A silent example will never rally men.” Brigadier General S.L.A Marshall (1900 to 1977) S.L.A. “Slam” Marshall (full name, Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall) served in World War I and then embarked in a career in journalism. In World War II, he was chief… Read More

The Estimate Process for Non-Combat Decision-Making

Introduction There are many of us in the RAF who have never heard of the Estimate and others who have heard of it but have not had any tuition in its use. As a result, it is often considered something of a ‘black art’ and strictly for the use of senior personnel who are involved… Read More

Military Operations & Tactical Decision Making

Research Paper Title Tactical Decision Making: A Proposed Evaluation Criteria Model for the Infantry Battalion’s Tactical Estimate during Offensive Operations. Abstract This study seeks to determine if it is possible to construct an evaluation criteria model that improves the infantry battalion’s capability to select the best course of action during the deliberate tactical estimate. It examines US and selected… Read More

Glory & Consequence…

“Glory is a consequence.” “If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.” Anonymous “Glory ought to be the consequence, not the motive of our actions.” Pliny the Younger (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo, better known as Pliny the Younger,… Read More

Movement versus Action…

“Never confuse movement with action!” Ernest Hemingway Vincent Nguyen (2013) states this is “Perhaps my favorite Hemingway quote. Learn the difference between simply feigning results and actually performing. Make sure everything you do is defined and can bring measurable success. Don’t settle for less and assume you’re making progress just because you’re moving around. Give… Read More