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Do the leaders of the U.S. Army know what good staff works looks like?

That was the question discussed recently by some military professionals I know. Several people said the answer is no.

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That was the question discussed recently by some military professionals I know. Several people said the answer is no. One explicated his answer thusly: “They know what good ‘tactical’ staff work looks like, but it is at the strategic and operational levels where staff work has its biggest impact.”

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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