- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
The top two guys at the DIA got defenestrated. I hope it wasn’t because they had me over to visit earlier this week. General Flynn will be missed. I suspect he was too innovative a thinker for the DIA, which has sat out much of the game for the last 10 years. Sometimes I think there should be a bureaucratic epitaph: "Done in by the Deadwood."
Meanwhile, Col. Patrick Hynes of the 82nd Airborne‘s 2nd Brigade Combat Team got the big heave-ho from the division commander. Reason given was the same old obscure loss of confidence in his ability to command. I hope it was for professional incompetence and not personal misbehavior. Neither one is good, but the Army should have no place for mediocre leaders who meet personal standards.