Monday, February 05, 2007

Petraeus selects team of warrior-intellectuals

Here is the interesting article of the day. Is this the future of the military?

The U.S. military is pretty good at learning from its own mistakes. It is really bad at learning from the mistakes of others. During the early stages of the conflict in Iraq, the U.S. military performed marvelously on the tactical and operational level. Unfortunately, the United States devotes much less in resources and energy towards understanding strategic and political goals. The U.S. military and civilian leadership need to improve on selecting talented generals who understand how the operational and tactical contribute to strategic and political goals. This is was very clear as General Casey was evaluated for Chief of Staff of the Army last week.

Petraeus selects team of warrior-intellectuals
Army turning Iraq war over to its dissidents

by Thomas Ricks

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