The Shape of Battles to Comes…

“I am quite confident that in the foreseeable future armed conflict will not take the form of huge land armies facing each other across extended battle lines, as they did in World War I and World War II or, for that matter, as they would have if NATO had faced the Warsaw Pact on the… Read More

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Displaying Leadership…

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the… Read More

Nourishing Mavericks…

“My greatest contribution as chief of staff was to nourish the mavericks.” Matthew B. Ridgway (1895 to 1993) General Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a senior officer in the US Army, who served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the 19th Chief of Staff of the US Army.

Sweat & Bleed and Peace & War…

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” Hyman George Rickover (1900 to 1986) A US Admiral and engineer who developed the world’s first nuclear-powered engines and the first atomic-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, launched in 1954. He then went on to supervise plans for harnessing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.… Read More

Synergy of Design: Pilot Measurements & Cockpit Dimensions

“In her book, “Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design”, Kat Holmes recounts a wartime example of how a rigid approach to design can go wrong. America’s Air Force took the bodily measurements of its pilots and used the average to design the cockpit. After many unexpected crashes, a researcher took ten of the most important measures… Read More

Being Surrounded…

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time.” General Lewis B. Puller (1898 to 1971) Lewis Burwell ‘Chesty’ Puller was a Lieutenant General in the US Marine Corps who fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua and, as a… Read More

Violent Attacks & Saving Lives…

“Violent attacks, though costly at the time, save lives in the end.” 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… Read More