Remarks at Army War College: What will the generals of 2030 look like?

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On April 24, 2018, I was honored to speak at the US Army War College’s 29th Annual Strategy Conference. This year’s subject was future leadership, and my panel in specific looked ahead to what strategic leaders would look like in 2030. The full video can be seen  here, and my remarks are available at Lawfire (a selection of which can be found below).  Continue reading “Remarks at Army War College: What will the generals of 2030 look like?”

Networking and Generalship Across the Anglo Pacific

Image courtesy of Nick Howard and Military Review. Image courtesy of Nick Howard and Military Review.

 

Who do generals turn to for advice?  Is it just other generals?  Only from their own country?  Or where else?

My co-author Nick Howard and I wondered about this, so we set out to study the relationship amongst generals (and flag officers) amongst the old Five Eyes countries (UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, US).  We think this research has value two ways: first, what social position do senior US military figures occupy in the Pacific? and second, qualitatively, how do generals connect with one another?  Both answers have important implications for defense diplomacy in an era of heightened fiscal scrutiny. Continue reading “Networking and Generalship Across the Anglo Pacific”

50 Years After Rivonia: Mandela as General and Strategist

Image courtesy of BBC News (via Rex Features). Image courtesy of BBC News (via Rex Features).

**Note: Updated on April 2, 2014.

One way of thinking about Nelson Mandela that has been vastly under appreciated is his  strategic judgment.  This is natural as he’s most famous for bringing together the Rainbow Nation after the fall of an entire way of life.  However, he was an insurgent at one point – seeking to overthrow a government through (selective) violent means.  So there is something there for those interested in military judgment – you just have to know where to look. Continue reading “50 Years After Rivonia: Mandela as General and Strategist”