What is a Warlord?

Introduction A warlord is a strong leader able to exercise military, economic, and political control over a subnational territory within a sovereign state because of their ability to mobilise loyal armed forces. These armed forces, usually considered militias (but can be regular troops), are loyal to the warlord rather than to the general government due… Read More

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Position to Receive…

“”A present ungraciously given is ungraciously received; an order badly given is badly executed.” [“L’Ame du Soldat”] “The crisp, calculated, and forceful way of giving an order should produce a forceful way of executing it.” [“L’Ame du Soldat”]In giving an order we should first consider the object; secondly, calculate the means; for it is worse… Read More

What is a Victory Title?

Introduction A victory title is an honorific title adopted by a successful military commander to commemorate his defeat of an enemy nation. The practice was first used by Ancient Rome and is still most commonly associated with the Romans, but it was also adopted as a practice by many later empires, especially the French, British… Read More

Demand Responsibility…

“Modern leadership demands officers who can accept challenge with initiative, originality, fidelity, understanding, and, above all, the willingness to fully assume the responsibilities of command.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) Bruce Cooper Clarke was a United States Army general. He was a career officer who served in World War I, World War II,… Read More

Well Done…

“In command and leadership many qualities, attributes and techniques are required ‐‐ including drive, force, judgement, perception and others. But nothing can replace the inspiration and lift that comes from commending a job well done.” Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Major General Aubrey Strode “Red” Newman (1903–1994) served in the US Army for 34 years.… Read More

Administrative Risk…

“It is comparative easy to know what you want to do in any kind of war. Leadership consists in knowing whether you can do it ‐ the risks you have to take. In the jungle the chief risks for the higher commander, brigadier and upwards, are administrative. He must learn to be a judge of… Read More

Ethical Compromise…

“The state of ethical conduct is abysmal. Few battalion commanders can afford integrity in a zero defects environment. Telling the truth ends careers quicker than making stupid mistakes or getting caught doing something wrong. I have seen many good officers slide into ethical compromise.” Army Research Institute’s (ARI’s) command climate assessment, quoted in General Dennis… Read More