Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

by LTG (R) Daniel P. Bolger LTG Bolger argues we lost in Iraq and Afghanistan because of poor strategic and operational leadership exacerbated by the failure of successive military leaders to truly understand the enemy they faced and the nature of their own forces.  It is unclear if the U.S. has the political will to … Continue reading Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New Global Order Constantly Surprises Us and What to Do About It

by Joshua Ramo In a revolutionary era of surprise and innovation, we need to learn and think like a revolutionary. In order to achieve “deep security”, dynamic times require us to develop a global immune system that identifies dangers, adapts to deal with them, and can control and contain the risk they present. The old models … Continue reading The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New Global Order Constantly Surprises Us and What to Do About It

Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

by Joseph McCormack Successful people know how to relay information accurately, concisely, and make it stick. I used the BRIEF map below to summarize the book – a BRIEF map is a "sticky" way to effectively structure a written or oral briefing: provide background, explain relevance, relay key information, clearly end, and prepare for follow-up … Continue reading Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

by Michael G. Waltz  In this book, Michael Waltz, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan as a Special Forces commander as well as the Director for Afghanistan Policy within OSD, offers a unique blend of perspectives from the extremely tactical level of an ODA taking fire on the Pakistan border to writing “night notes” for … Continue reading Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

by CAPT (R) L. David Marquet This book lays out several techniques for developing competent, motivated, leaders at every level of an organization. CAPT Marquet effectively turned his submarine into a leadership laboratory, implementing several policies that completely contradicted long-held military leadership truisms and relying heavily on common sense and trust. The three most important … Continue reading Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

Author: Lesley Hazelton “Every day is Ashura,” the Shia say, “and every place is Karbala.” The story of the schism within Islam is the story of the incredibly turbulent beginnings of the youngest Abrahamic religion. It is also a familiar story – one of power struggles and familial disputes. Muhammad (PBUH) died without specifying who … Continue reading After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam