The Qualities of Officers…

“An officer should have the following qualities: great powers of endurance so that in spite of any hardship he sets an example to his men … he must be able to mix easily with the people … he must study tactics … The most important natural quality is that of complete loyalty.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893… Read More

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Title Changes for Two Senior British Army Leaders

Two key figures in the British Army are taking on new titles to better reflect the work they are already doing at the top of the organisation (British Army, 2018). As part of an ongoing review of the Army’s operating model by Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, there are going to be… 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

SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

COIN Operations: Not Just for Infantry Officers!

Research Paper Title Civil Engineer Corps Expeditionary Officership Course. Thesis Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations will require that all officers, regardless of military occupational specialty, be prepared to lead across the entire spectrum of conflict. Discussion Traditional geographic boundaries associated with conventional warfare are not applicable in COIN operations. Combat and stability operations efforts are intertwined in a COIN… Read More

A Knowledge of Strategy & Grammar…

“The rules of strategy are few and simple. They may be learned in a week. They may be taught by familiar illustrations or a dozen diagrams. But such knowledge will no more teach a man to lead an army like Napoleon than a knowledge of grammar will teach him to write like Gibbon.” George Henderson… Read More

The Art of War is…

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him hard as you can, and keep moving.” Ulysses S. Grant (1822 to 1885) Original name Hiram Ulysses Grant, he was a US Army General, commander of the Union armies during the late… Read More