Essay on Major Challenges Of The 21st Century

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Major Anthony S. Miller 24 July 2015
Which imperative is the most important and Why? Give an example of something that the Army could do to enhance capabilities in that domain.
Developing leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century is clearly the most important imperative for the U.S. Army. History is flush with examples of leadership defeating superior technology or causing the defeat to technologically inferior forces: Battle of Little Big Horn,[footnoteRef:1] Gallipoli,[footnoteRef:2] Tafileh,[footnoteRef:3] Dien Bien Phu,[footnoteRef:4] and so on. Effective leadership is a like a tide that lifts all boats. Improvements in leadership directly translate to improvements in most every other metric of success. It only makes logical sense to focus on the imperative that delivers the most return on resources invested. [1: James Brust, Brian Pohanka and Sandy Barnard, ?Custer?s Field,? Boston College Magazine, summer 2006, accessed on July 28, 2015, http://bcm.bc.edu/issues/summer_2006/endnotes/custers-field.html] [2: Robert Messenger, ?Straits of Disaster,? The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2009, accessed July 28, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203771904574175763132225506] [3: John Mack, A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998), 158, 161.] [4: Bruno Philip, ?Battle against oblivion: the defeat that ended French colonial rule in Vietnam,? The Guardian, July 01, 2014, accessed July 28,…

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