- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gen. Barry McCaffrey was one of our most articulate generals. Here is a comment from his Army War College oral history:
… battalion command taught me … to see down two levels but command down one. When I was a battalion commander I always knew where my platoons were. I knew everything about what platoons were doing — but I was only about giving orders to company commanders — period. At every level [of] the chain of command, if you command down one level and see down two levels, it is not very hard to be effective.