Most of you reading this essay, I speculate, have a dim regard for failure. To you, failure is like that “friend of a friend” who showed up at your party, brought bad beer, made inappropriate jokes, and vomited in your bathroom. He’s not particularly welcome, but you did not have much choice in letting him in, and the extent of his exasperating conduct was not completely foreseeable. Your dim regard is not surprising. That, of course, is what the military wants and expects from you. You have learned (or been indoctrinated) to expect success from yourselves. Failure is not...Read More
Author: Dan Maurer
Dan Maurer explains that, while staff officers are not the “deciders” standing in front of unit formations, their role is vital, and truly succeeding as a commander’s advisor requires a unique type of creative thinking.Read More
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, MWI Contributor Dan Maurer details an episode during the Civil War between President Lincoln and General Grant that demonstrates the importance of trust in strong civil-military relations.Read More
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