Best Defense

What the Army’s writers probably were trying to say when they stepped into a big pile of ‘rapid curricular responsiveness’

I was reading an article in the Australian Army Journal from 2009 when I thought to myself, "Hey, this is probably what the U.S. Army was trying to say with that stupid white paper on human performance optimization."

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Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on November 26, 2014.

I was reading an article in the Australian Army Journal from 2009 when I thought to myself, “Hey, this is probably what the U.S. Army was trying to say with that stupid white paper on human performance optimization.” That’s what I said to myself.

The Australian article is titled “The Adaptive Officer: Think, Communicate and Influence.” Unlike the American effort, it is pretty clear about what to do and how to do it — and in fact captures the essence of the article in the title. I think we should just adopt it.

 

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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