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  • “Shake Up the Army, Dave”

    05/12/2010 9:38:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 573+ views
    Commentary ^ | Peter Wehner
    Those were the words of Pete Schoomaker, then chief of staff of the Army, to General David Petraeus, who at the time (2005) was commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The context of Schoomaker's remarks was that the war in Iraq, which had been going on for more than two years, wasn't going well. The trajectory of events was, in fact, alarming. So Schoomaker tasked Petraeus, the leader of a group of intellectual-warriors in the Army, to rethink our counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy. The job was to determine the right overarching concepts and intellectual underpinnings of the...
  • Leading With Two Minds (COINdinistas and the transformation of the US Army)

    05/07/2010 10:50:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 656+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2010 | DAVID BROOKS
    They say that intellectual history travels slowly, and by hearse. The old generation has to die off before a new set of convictions can rise and replace entrenched ways of thinking. People also say that a large organization is like an aircraft carrier. You can move the rudder, but it still takes a long time to turn it around. Yet we have a counterexample right in front of us. Five years ago, the United States Army was one sort of organization, with a certain mentality. Today, it is a different organization, with a different mentality. It has been transformed in...