Best Defense

How to fix the Army in six difficult steps

Six recommendations for fixing the Army.

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Two of the best writers on the Army today are the dynamic duo of Barno & Bensahel. They are at their best here. Their six recommendations:

1. Accept More Risk
2. Reinstitute “Power Down”
3. Decrease Tolerance of Bureaucracy
4. Reduce Excessive Deference to Rank and Position
5. Reject Army Anti-Intellectualism
6. Strengthen Ethics and Integrity

There is an awful lot of knowledge and experience behind each of those six points.

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Flickr

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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