Light Reading, Heavy Thinking

Most of my ideas and inspirations occur when I am driving my truck. Apart from negotiating and the occasional profanity at the growing trend of distracted drivers (we have smart bombs and smart phones, but combining the latter with vehicles makes for more destructive power than any GPS-guided munition), I am usually rocking out to …

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Waffle House, Leadership, and Lucien Truscott

Inspiration comes from the strangest sources. A while ago, my wife and I stopped in a random Waffle House and due to the early Sunday afternoon post-church rush, they were slammed, and the only seats available were at the counter. There, we had front row seats to the eleven-person shift calling out, cooking, and picking …

Opinion: Violence, Legislation, and the Person in the Mirror

“We are trying to solve tomorrow's crime with last weeks' laws.” I wrote this in the wee hours of the morning on the small notepad beside my computer. I had several tabs open from the Associated Press and other sites from my attempt to make sense of the chaos that has become the routine headlines, …

Billy Mitchell’s Legacy

Examine the life and military biography of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936). How did Mitchell's professional military career and experiences inform his views on the possibilities of American air power?  What is his legacy to American air power? They cyclic nature of history provides an interesting look at the theories and warnings espoused by Mitchell in …

What Advice Would NCOs Like to Give to Unseasoned Officers?

This question originally came from Quora and, like others, I took it and ran with it a bit more than I could... and probably still missed some valid points.  Oh, these topics really make me smile with all sorts of great answers from folks too numerous and well-spoken to list with any brevity. Speaking from …

“What Made You Smile Today?”

A series of texts at12:23am: “Psst, got some news... I made the E7 list.” “…I cannot thank you enough for writing the letter for me. Words just seem empty compared to how I am filled with gratitude… you have always believed in me. That helps make someone go a long way.” The source of the …

The Crimean War, the American Civil War… Clausewitz, Jomini, and Mahan

I have considered revising some of my academic submissions into long-form posts here, but in the meantime (and consistent with my recent post), I am going to leave this as largely as it was saved – with the question or comments in italics. Of course, feedback – especially on readability – will always be appreciated. …

Influences of Interwar Doctrine and Training on the Successes of U.S. Submarines in the Pacific Theater of Operations During the Second World War

Photo caption: USS Harder (SS 257) off the coast of Woleai during the rescue of Ensign John Gavlin, April 1, 1944. (Source: https://www.navalhistory.org/2012/07/24/operation-forager) ABSTRACT Current trends in leadership training often overlook historic examples of effective leadership – the developmental processes and the results of the professional background of leaders in an operational environment. The development of the submarine influenced the …