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Little excuse for the thin U.S. leadership bench in Afghanistan

No student of any kind of history--military, political or otherwise--would have expected the conflict in Afghanistan to be over quickly, which means a leadership pipeline should have been an obvious need and top priority.

By Jena McGregor | February 15, 2011; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Navy videos: When time is no excuse

As the Navy decides the fate of Captain Owen Honors, perhaps the most ironically named officer in the U.S. military, one factor that will surely become a key part of the debate is the length of time that has passed since the raunchy videos were made.

By Jena McGregor | January 4, 2011; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (28)

The expert influence behind START

Mullen's letter, requested by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, proves that support from a respected name on a subject can still help cut through partisan acrimony and surmount petty differences.

By Jena McGregor | December 22, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (9)

In 'Don't ask' debate, too much asking?

It is the job of leaders, certainly, to debate, probe and not lose their skepticism about critical matters. But the opponents to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" now face an exhaustive amount of evidence that doing so poses little risk to the military. Not to mention it has support from the country's top two defense and military leaders, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. All of which raises an important leadership question: Where's the line between debating and questioning findings on critical matters and ignoring exhaustive research and expertise?

By Jena McGregor | December 2, 2010; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (99)

Gates' budget cuts: Sharing the pain

Stop me if this sounds like your place of work. On any given assignment, there's at least three people to whom you report. Meetings are filled with more people in management than people doing the work. And when it comes time for downsizings, the bottom 80% gets deeply slashed while the top 20% is barely touched.

By Jena McGregor | August 13, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

How the military turned 'mentorship' into a paying profession

The military may have simply labeled these contractors "mentors," when they were in fact well-compensated advisers. But this is more than just a matter of semantics. Does the military lack the in-house leadership it needs?

By Jena McGregor | July 13, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

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