Planning & Branches…

“Every plan of campaign ought to have several branches and to have been so well thought out that one or other of the said branches cannot fail of success.” Pierre-Joseph de Bourcet (1700-1780) A French engineer and artillery officer who has been credited with initiating the use of the all-arms division as a tactical formation… Read More


Soldiers & Blood vs Glory & Generalship…

“A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.” Henry George Bohn (1796-1884) A British publisher who is principally remembered for the Bohn’s Libraries which he inaugurated. These were begun in 1846, targeted the mass market, and comprised editions of standard works and translations, dealing with history, science, classics, theology and archaeology.

Generals: Venezuela vs the USA

Which country has more generals, Venezuela or the United States of America (USA)? Venezuela has more than 2,000 generals whilst the USA has just under 900 (The Economist, 2017, p.32). Venezuela has approximately 115,000 active personnel whilst the USA has approximately 1.3 million active personnel. Reference The Economist (2017) It’s Up To The Army. The… Read More

Government Leadership: Retired Military Officers versus Lawyers, Scientists, Activists & Professional Politicians

So, this article was published on Linkedin on 08 December but I have only just read it. Written by Bob Ulin, Transition & Executive Coach, and Chairman & CEO, Center for Transitional Leadership, Inc. “A recent article in POLITICO noted “(General) Kelly’s military background raises interesting questions for his leadership of the department, said one… Read More

CHAOS Stand For…

CHAOS Chief Has Arrived On Scene (USCG/Fire Department adaptation to Army usage) Colonel Has Another Outstanding Suggestion Colonel Has Arrived On-Scene (Disaster Control Response) Creates Havoc Around Our Systems There are a number of other acronyms, but the above are related to the military.

Tactics & Strategy: Know the Difference

Know the difference between tactics and strategy. In simple terms tactics are short-term actions that bring a benefit; strategy is broader and about putting yourself in a better overall position, even if there is nothing to be gained immediately. The best commanders in the military and life are good at both. Points to note You… Read More