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A Letter to My CGSOC Peers
MAJ George Fust
To my fellow Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) peers, this course is an opportunity to understand our current Army and we can help shape it for the future fight. This is our Army. This is our moment to be stewards of the profession that we have invested a decade or more in. The Army most of us plan to be a part of for the next decade. Our life choices have led us here. Now is the time to stay switched on. While completing CGSOC, I propose three broad areas to focus on and think about. These include organizational leadership skills, stewardship of the profession, and personal goals. The Army gifted us an entire year for personal development and to contribute to our organization. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
Posted January 19, 2020
The ‘Leader-Ships’ – Navigating Rough Waters
As the Army addresses and implements the findings of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee, the conversation across our formations is centered on leadership. What went wrong? What kind of leadership is required to protect our Soldiers, keep the faith and trust of the American public, and inspire future Soldiers to join our ranks? Ineffective leadership is certainly a component of those events however, more just talking about “effective leadership” alone will not take the Army where it needs to go. Imagine leadership as an actual ship, the ‘Leader-ship’ if you will. That single ship can withstand quite a bit, but it does have its limits. There are also two more ‘ships’ of equal importance that need to be included in this ‘armada’: mentorship and stewardship. The armada of leadership, mentorship, and stewardship is the powerful combination we need to take the Army out of the storm it finds itself amidst, and into, a limitless future.
Posted January 5, 2020
Clausewitz is from Mars, Jomini is from Venus: Why Context Matters in Military Theory
Study your Clausewitz, you’re told. Study your Jomini, too. Study B.H. Liddell Hart, Sun Tzu, and John Boyd. History has provided us no shortage of military theorists for members of the profession of arms to draw insights from. Some are more influential than others, and all have value. But they must be read in the context they were written. Today’s military professional must be aware of influences on the authors they are leveraging for insight. A more complete understanding of the source’s background and evolution of their theory can help prevent misapplication. Observing the source’s conclusion in the context of its origin allows for a more refined evolution of the theory. History offers insight but never a complete solution.
Posted January 4, 2020
Don’t Become Apathetic Toward Empathy
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted the following on Twitter: “Leading with empathy” – explain please…” Since then, I have observed numerous discussions about empathy. To be honest, empathy is not a strength of mine, which is why I chose to research and write about it. I learned there are clearly limits to empathy because it is impossible to know exactly what someone else is thinking or feeling. However, recent events demonstrate we could all benefit from a discussion about the meaning of empathy, the practice of empathy, and the involuntary nature of empathy, lest we risk it becoming another buzzword.
Posted December 16, 2020
Great Power Competition: The Changing Landscape of Global Geopolitics
Mahir J. Ibrahimov, editor
Great Power Competition: The Changing Landscape of Global Geopolitics is a collection of essays originating from the Cultural and Area Studies Office of the Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Editor Mahir J. Ibrahimov has culled together an expansion of his previous volume, Cultural Perspectives, Geopolitics, & Energy Security of Eurasia: Is the Next Global Conflict Imminent?
Posted December 7, 2020