Resources

  • National Response Framework:
  • The Framework establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. It represents the baseline knowledge Guard leaders need when coordinating disaster response with civilian agencies.

  • CIA World Factbook:
  • The Library page is a great reference for maps, flags, leaders, and tons of data about every country in the world. Comprehensive and easy to use.

  • McKinsey Quarterly:
  • Produced by the world-famous business consultants, this site provides excellent commentary and thought on business and management. It's rather business-oriented (making it that much more useful for traditional Guardsmen) but the theories apply to the military, as well.

  • Center for Army Lessons Learned:
  • This site remains behind a CAC login because of OPSEC concerns, but the type, volume, and sheer comprehensiveness of the site make it worth your time. Thoroughly categorized, this is a good first stop for deploying units - but also for niche units, which sometimes have articles even on detachments. One can also order hard copies of certain publications at no cost.

  • Air University lessons learned:
  • Although somewhat dated, the resources linked here do provide a repository of evolving thoughts on interagency and other lessons learned in the last decade of operations.

  • Army Leadership :
  • This excellent site provides the full text of FM 6-22, Army Leadership, and provides a series of ready-to-use presentations and handouts to train folks in the Army tenets of leadership. This is the perfect off-the-shelf solution to kick start a Leader development Program series.

  • Army 360:
  • Although cleverly placed behind CAC access in order to make it more difficult for traditional Guardsmen to access, this Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback site actually has some tools that can be useful to leaders. It's an old adage that angry feedback is honest feedback; but should we really have to anger someone to get their thoughts on how we're doing? This site provides an alternative, and some good teaching aids as well.

  • National Guard Senior Leaders:
  • Biographies of the Chief, Directors, and Senior Enlisted Leaders.

  • Air Force Senior Leaders:
  • Information on senior civilian and military leaders of the U.S. Air Force. Besides the usual biographical information, the senior leaders' pages include links to news stories about the leaders and some of their speeches and viewpoints. A good place to look for strategic guidance and, perhaps what's in our future.

  • Army Senior Leaders:
  • Information on senior civilian and military leaders of the U.S. Army. Besides the usual biographical information, the senior leaders' pages include links to news stories about the leaders and some of their speeches and viewpoints. A good place to look for strategic guidance and, perhaps what's in our future.

  • Platoon Leader:
  • This CAC-protected site is a great first stop for company-grade officers - especially, but not exclusively Army officers. Topics discussion boards are busy and varied; resources range from SOPs to leadership toolkits. "Leadercast" videos provide first-hand accounts of combat.