Telling Prerequisites…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Field Marshal Erich von Mannstein (1887 to 1973)… Read More

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Intelligence & Resourcefulness…

‘A British General after viewing the work of the Canadians in attack at Paardeberg [sic], said: “Those men can go into battle without a leader, they have intelligence and resourcefulness enough to lead themselves.’ They did not stand beside stones waiting for an order to get behind them and save their lives. They saved their… Read More

Obscured Illumination…

“There are two types of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare – that obscures.” James Thurber (1894 to 1961) James Thurber, in full James Grover Thurber, was an American writer and cartoonist, whose well-known and highly acclaimed writings and drawings picture the urban man as one who escapes into fantasy because he… Read More

Imaginative, Intelligent & Bold Leadership is…

“Imaginative, intelligent, and bold leadership is absolutely essential. Commanders and leaders at every echelon must be selected with these specific qualities in mind. Officers and NCOs who are more than competent under normal conditions will frequently be hopelessly ineffective when confronted with dynamic and totally different situations.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the… Read More

Social Media & the Military

Research Paper Title New Media Warfare: Tweeting From the Front Lines. Abstract Whether referring to Hezbollah in the Israeli-Hezbollah War in the summer of 2006, Hamas in the Battle of Jenin in 2002, or the ongoing expansion of the “insurgency” across the Internet, new media has opened up traditional warfare to that of the virtual, and information —… Read More