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Elliott Cohen speaks

Yes, I know that’s not how the politico-military savant spells it. But it is how Joint Force Quarterly spelled it, and that’s an official government publication, so I guess we have to go with their version. Anyway, it is a good interview with lots of insights about the U.S. military, as seen by someone who ...

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Yes, I know that's not how the politico-military savant spells it. But it is how Joint Force Quarterly spelled it, and that's an official government publication, so I guess we have to go with their version.

Anyway, it is a good interview with lots of insights about the U.S. military, as seen by someone who has studied the military as a scholar and worked with it as a government official.

Here's one of my favorite nuggets:

Yes, I know that’s not how the politico-military savant spells it. But it is how Joint Force Quarterly spelled it, and that’s an official government publication, so I guess we have to go with their version.

Anyway, it is a good interview with lots of insights about the U.S. military, as seen by someone who has studied the military as a scholar and worked with it as a government official.

Here’s one of my favorite nuggets:

The Army is really good at growing capable brigade commanders. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’re growing great generals or military thinkers for the next generation — which gets back to the main point about leadership.

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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