How I Lost at Patriotism – And How We All Lose

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine! America: a Poem for July 4th (1911) A few years ago, I traveled back to my Ohio hometown for …

Guest Post: LARPing for Leader Development

By Mike Denny You don’t have to be a Level 20 dungeon master to enjoy dressing up on Halloween and getting into character. For non-nerds, LARPing is Live Action Role Playing, which typically describes people getting into character to create fantasyland environments (e.g. Lord of the Rings), but it can encompass the whole realm of …

How Experience in WWI brought the U.S. Army to Victory in WWII

We’re in the early months of the centennial of U.S. participation in World War I, the so-called, “War to end all wars.” With the vantage of 20/20 hindsight, we now know that rather than “making the world safe for democracy,” as Woodrow Wilson hoped, World War I instead set the stage for the next round …

How the U.S. Military Celebrated Star Wars Day

It's no secret that we in the U.S. military love us some Star Wars. If you needed a concrete example, however, one need look no further that the Twitter feeds of various Department of Defense agencies, units, and installations on May 4, otherwise known as #StarWarsDay, or #MaytheFourthbeWithYou. The parent organization, the Department of Defense, …

Galactic Staff Officers: Battle Staff as Star Wars Characters

Look, we’ve all been there. It’s staff call. Your mind wanders. You start imagining the staff primaries wearing silly hats. Now you imagine the XO as an animal - possibly a frog, sitting on a lilypad. Right around the time that the S-4 is briefing how they can’t possibly move a shipping container from one …

Imperial News Update from Scarif

Information Management Chief hopes databanks may still come out on top after Scarif Posted 49 minutes ago By staff writers at Imperial Navy Headquarters, Coruscant “Moving forward, I think it’s an exciting opportunity for us to re-invigorate how we approach our information management for major weapons systems,” said Imperial Adm. Geddard Fenn, Director of Imperial …

Hashtag 6: the Social Media Wars

In the future, will wars be fought with non-conventional means? Will engines designed for bringing people together and opening lines of communication be used for destruction instead? Some might say that they already are - all we need to do now is to militarize them. Like this. “Sir, we’ve got enemy movement, possibly up to …