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How we can make better generals

CNAS (the impressive team of Barno, Bensahel, Kidder, and Sayler) just put out a terrific study on how to improve the quality of generals in the U.S. military. You should read the whole thing, but here are some of the key recommendations: –More education for senior leaders. –Longer time in assignments. –Performance reviews for three ...

CNAS
CNAS

CNAS (the impressive team of Barno, Bensahel, Kidder, and Sayler) just put out a terrific study on how to improve the quality of generals in the U.S. military.

You should read the whole thing, but here are some of the key recommendations:

More education for senior leaders.

Longer time in assignments.

Performance reviews for three and four star officers.

Two tracks for generals — either warfighting or management.

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. @tomricks1

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