Monday, November 26, 2012

What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't

By Navy SEAL combat veteran Brent Gleeson
co-founder and CMO at Internet Marketing Inc.

“My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.” -- Navy SEAL Creed

The difference between good and great leadership can be expressed in a single word: loyalty.

Navy SEAL candidate training. Coronado Island, San Diego, By Rennett Stowe
When you think of strong leaders, you probably think of people who are decisive, bold, confident, and fearless. You’re not wrong. Good leaders have all of these qualities. But how many good leaders are also loyal? I don’t know, but I know that every great leader is.

Loyalty is one of the core values taught in the Navy SEAL training program. Instructors teach you from the first day that your team is everything to you. You succeed with them, and you fail without them. And you never leave anyone behind.

Read the rest of the story on Inc.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tapping State Defense Forces to Decrease Defense Spending

By Warrant Officer 1 Seth G. Stuck
Public Affairs Office
Georgia State Defense Force

State defense forces may well hold the key for states looking to maintain high levels of emergency response preparedness without bloating their budget. Twenty-two states currently have volunteer state guard units. These units, usually referred to as state defense forces (SDFs), offer a vital, low-cost (and sometimes free) force-multiplier for the National Guard and homeland security resources.

While SDFs might not seem like a vital need in states with a low risk of natural disasters or terror attacks, several states that are at high risk for catastrophes have yet to create a modern state defense force. And there are other states, still, that do have SDFs but do not quite leverage them to their full potential.

With state and federal budgets shrinking, states can no longer afford to place establishment and use of their SDF on the sidelines. Four national security analysts, including two retired SDF officers, recently explored this dilemma and sought out to explain how SDFs work, and why they are invaluable to so many states—and to the country.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fredericksburg: Union low tide on the banks of the Rappahannock

By 1st Lt. William Carraway
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs Office
Nov. 16, 2012

The Battles of Sharpsburg and Second Manassas highlight brilliant generalship in defense and maneuver.

The carnage of Fredericksburg reveals the nadir of Civil War leadership at a time when Union prospects were the lowest of the war. It was a battle of engineers, snipers, and rapidly deploying artillery. But it also evoked the leadership trap of refusing to change one’s plans in the face of failure.

Tolstoy on War

By General Martin E. Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

I recently read “Tolstoy on War,” edited by Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin. This series of essays on Tolstoy's War and Peace is a must-read for serious students of the profession of arms.

I commend, in particular, Dr. Elizabeth Samet's essay on "The Disobediences of War and Peace."

As we contemplate our strategies for an unpredictable future, we would do well to heed Tolstoy's caution:
"When a man finds himself in motion, he always thinks up a goal for that motion."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Using Social Media To Tell The Army Story

This Army Live Blog post was submitted by Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, Commander of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Senior Commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV
assumed command of U.S. Army
North (Fifth Army) on Dec. 30, 2011.
Today, nearly three million men and women serve our country in uniform. Though that number may seem large, it’s actually less than one percent of the American population. Believe it or not, there are many Americans who have never even met a US service member. That means that there’s a large number of Americans who are unaware of the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice of our incredible Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families.Fortunately, there’s a powerful new technology to help us tell our Army story: social media. Many of our Soldiers are already adept at using social media; whether it be keeping in touch with friends on Facebook, sharing an interesting link with your friends on Twitter, or watching a funny video on Youtube. In fact, our Soldiers don’t just watch Youtube…some of them are talented Youtube stars in their own right!
It’s an incredible new tool for helping to tell our Army story, and I encourage all of our Soldiers to help share their Army story with the world, as long as they follow four simple rules.
  1. Only write/blog or talk about first-hand experiences.
  2. Do not use this new technology as a forum to air grievances. 
  3. Whatever you write or discuss must be attributable to you. 
  4. Always tell the truth, and if you do not know the answer just state that.