In his first public presentation as Under Secretary of the Army, Brad R. Carson spoke to Army War College students about seeing the Army's future in a different way at Bliss Hall April 8 as part of Army Leader Day.Sworn in less than two weeks ago, Carson's discourse demonstrated that he was already deep into analyzing fiscal constraints against the Army's future missions. Focusing on the future, he said what we need more of today is creativity, and asked the students to consider, "Does our culture run counter to innovation and creativity?" He urged the military's next senior leaders to think about how the future will develop.Through an exhaustive by-the-numbers review of the Army, Carson guided the students to confront the magnitude of the Army's people, organizations, weapon systems, and costs, and to think differently about what they considered to be the core Army competencies and to focus on the Army's obligation to its "customers."For example, he told the story of Polaroid. The company developed digital photography at a standard that far outpaced the competition but didn't pursue the new business, thinking that it was not the company's core competency. Carson urged leaders in the class to avoid the competency trap.The combat power in the Army is a great deterrent, he noted, but that the Army must be more engaged in strategic discussions. Carson recommended that Army leaders talk about solutions, seek improvement and "protect and promote those with ideas."Carson previously served as the Army's 20th General Counsel: legal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief Legal Officer for the U.S. Army. In 2000, Mr. Carson represented the 2nd District of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives. After leaving office in 2004, he was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and, later, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, L.L.C. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Carson served on active military duty as a United States Navy officer deployed to Iraq, embedded with the United States Army's 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion. Mr. Carson was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as an intelligence officer working with EOD teams.