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Marine colonel: Here are 10 rules for improving how to equip the force

The October issue of the Marine Corps Gazette has a strong article by Col. Thaddeus Jankowski criticizing how the support organization at Quantico equips the field force. Here are the ten rules he offers. I think they can be applied to any large support organization: "–Question every assumption about how we do business… –Don’t just ...

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The October issue of the Marine Corps Gazette has a strong article by Col. Thaddeus Jankowski criticizing how the support organization at Quantico equips the field force. Here are the ten rules he offers. I think they can be applied to any large support organization:

"–Question every assumption about how we do business…

–Don’t just tolerate proven innovators — embrace them as you embrace chaos on the battlefield.

–Using the innovators is often more effective.

–Hold Quantico bureaucrats to the same standards of integrity that we require of officers in the field.

–Put your innovators in charge of new initiatives…

–We have an institutionalized pipeline of successful combat commanders — now do the same for military innovators.

–We embraced disobedience of a direct order in a recent Medal of Honor winner when lives were at stake: Apply that same logic to innovators.

–Foster and promote officers who have technological competence.

–If a civilian in MCCDC or MCSC lacks foresight, get rid of him.

–Apply maneuver principles to the Supporting Establishment."

 

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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