“In an word, a good officer realizes that his men will follow his judgment if they are convinced that he too is prepared to risk his life in their defense.” Richard A. Gabriel and Paul L. Savage (1978) Crisis in Command: Mismanagement in the Army Advertisements Advertisements
“The best and most influential military work was Bingfa (The Art of War), a short book by Sun Zi (Sun Tzu). His strategies dominate the thirteen chapters, and his goal, winning the battle, underlies the whole book. The Art of War is the first important work on strategy and theory in world military history. Michael… Read More
“A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited exceptional pride… Read More
“In maneuver warfare, we attempt not to destroy the entire enemy force but to render most of it irrelevant.” Robert R. Leonhard (1870 to 1924) Lieutenant Colonel Robert R. Leonhard, Ph.D. is a retired US Army officer and is a research analyst at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the author of… Read More
“Men have died in torture chambers, on the stake, in concentration camps, in front of firing squads, rather than renounce their convictions. The appeaser renounces his under the pressure of a frown on a vacant face.” Ayn Rand (1905 to 1982) Ayn Rand, original name Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was a Russian-born American writer whose commercially… Read More
“War is the ultimate resource of policy, by which the nation seeks to impose its will on its enemies in defence of its honour, its interests, and its existence.” British Field Service Regulations 1909 (with amendments 1914)
“The ‘art’ of war is the application of the science!” Unknown The problem is that a given lesson is easily ignored or forgotten because it doesn’t apply to your current situation.