Posts

Showing posts with the label military

Does Military Budget Cuts Offer New Opportunities?

The world is changing and the military is changing with it. As the heavy trench warfare of WWI and WWII subsides and new forms of guerrilla warfare emerge it becomes important for the U.S. military to maintain its capacity to use both pinpointed and mass insertion strategies. This requires a higher level of knowledge and ability that will likely put pressure on the Army to adapt to higher forms of combat. General Martin Dempsey announced at the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing that dwindling resources is a major factor in a reduction from 490,000 to 450,000 troops ( 1 ).  There has already been a 13% in civilian and 11% in civilian billets ( 2 ). This will mean that current resource levels will need to be used more efficiently and effectively to ensure that they create maximum results. What happens in government is important for the Army. Overspending in some areas leaves other areas with less. Balancing the national budget ensures that the military has adequate sup

The Benefits of Mobile Online Military Training

Our military can be called to any place on the earth within a few minutes notice . They leave behind their lives to trek across the globe to protect American interests . With online military training service members can continue to advance their military careers from anyplace and at any time to ensure they continue to be the most advanced armed force in the world . According to a 2011 pamphlet issued by Department of the Army,” The U.S. Army’s competitive advantage directly relates to its capacity to learn faster and adapt more quickly than its adversaries . In the highly competitive global learning environment where technology provides all players to nearly ubiquitous access to information , the Army cannot risk failure through complacency , lack of imagination , or resistance to change (p. 5).” This learning must be as mobile as the military itself , or the force will not be its best when needed . Onl

Using Career Oriented Academic Knowledge to Raise Military Functionality

The nature of the military is changing and so are the training needs. Dr. Rutherford moves into a discussion of the needs of training in the Australian Army and the specific training at the Royal Military College (2013). His article focuses on the enhancement of specific career skills to support the command and control functions. The complexity of military operations requires the development of different types of talents that may not fit exclusively into command and control learning style.  Modern warfare is different than it was in the past. It requires higher technology, logistical systems, abstract thinking and greater functionality. Command and control functions are based in the learning of skill of the position above and below in combat functions. This focus in the military is necessary but also may be forcing those with the relevant skills out of the military and thereby decreasing knowledge retention.  Combat is the main function but the ability to maintain combat i

Developing the Next Wave of Leaders

Image
Leadership in the military is an important concept that helps to push the envelope to achieve higher objectives. According to the author Douglas Crissman, leadership includes enhancing decision-making skills, confidence and problem solving to reach new heights. Without developing these skills leaders may have limited ability to handle difficult problems.  The Center for Army Leadership Annual Survey of Army Leadership (CASAL) assesses the attitudes and perceptions of leadership development. The lowest rated competence for the fifth year in the row is developing others. A total of 59% of Army leaders were regarded as effective at developing their subordinates. A quarter of all units indicated a low or very low priority on leadership development activities.  Improving consistency and ability of unit level leadership includes: -Increased awareness about leadership development as a process versus a single event. Training should be seen as the totality of its program versu