In the last few years, I have had the privilege of spending time with and learning about things like counter insurgency strategy from: General David Petraeus, Jack Keane, and James Mattis. They brought me to the edge of what it means to be a modern military leader– and how they fight for time to think. Their support for my book and input into the concepts within at least 4 chapters was unwavering. It was like getting another masters degree. They taught me that when you structure time to think it can change the course of history. The dialogues that these men facilitated as they rethought the entire approach to war itself took Iraq away from a very dangerous cliff. They are applying it again in Afghanistan. They proved that learning overcomes all.
I spotted this video today and it really connected. I don’t think you can thank the war fighters enough. I will write a lot more about my interactions with these leaders as we get closer to book launch. Reflection is alive and well in the military. Take a look at this. It puts it all in context. Thanking the Troops