Posts tagged ‘Stanley McChrystal’

June 3, 2011

New HQ proof French fighting the last war?

Part of the Maginot Line

The French Defense Minister recently revealed plans for a new defense headquarters, some have called the ‘French pentagon’, to unite several command and staff functions in and around Paris:

Defense officials hope the new site will encourage a joint approach in military affairs by bringing together at the Balard site, located in east Paris, the headquarter staff of the services, which are dispersed around the capital. The Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office will also join the defense staff.

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May 24, 2011

McChrystal’s Network: It takes a Sea Change

It Takes a Network,” General Stanley A. McChrystal’s uneven and idiosyncratic essay on his tactical and operational challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan, shows how an adaptive enemy using 21st century technology changed his thinking about the “new front line of modern warfare.” McChrystal correctly identifies the characteristics of an emerging threat and details his adaptation to that threat. Unfortunately, he misses an opportunity to show how the institutional Army, and its obsession with doctrine and process, puts Army creativity in a headlock when facing new, non-linear phenomenon.wpid-48441166-2011-05-22-12-10.jpg

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