Wednesday July 13, 2005

The Army defines leadership as:
Influencing people--by providing purpose, direction and motivation--while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.

Army leadership is also expressed through the phrase:

Army leadership begins with character, the values and attributes that shape what the leader must BE. They adopt and internalize the Army Values and develop the requisite mental, physical, and emotional attributes of a warrior.

Interpersonal, conceptual, technical, and tactical skills constitute what a leader must KNOW. Army leadership demands competence in a diverse range of human activities that expand in complexity in positions of greater responsibility.

Leadership demands action--the self-discipline to DO what feels or is know to be right. Army leaders must act in both immediate conditions and over the long term. Army leaders exercise influencing actions to motivate and mentor subordinates. They perform improving actions to continually develop and increase the proficiency of their units, their Soldiers and themselves.

Today's security environment demands more from Army leaders than ever before. Army leaders must not only be able to lead Soldiers but also influence people. But ultimately, the Army demands self-aware and adaptive leaders who can compel enemies to surrender in war and master the circumstances facing them in peace.

Source: FM-1, Chapter 1, Section 5


Asymmetric Warfare Group
The Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG), located at Fort Meade, Maryland, is actively seeking Army officers to serve in this dynamic new unit. The AWG is the Army's newest Rapid Deployable Unit (RDU) conducting continuous and simultaneous operations worldwide. The AWG will become the lead organization in providing global perspective and expertise in full spectrum training, planning for, and execution of countermeasures to asymmetric warfare. To request an application, determine your eligibility, or volunteer for assessment, contact the AWG recruiting team at 1-877-842-8533 or email


  • Army study claims service is stretched too thin (CT | EB)
  • Blum confident recruiting will get better over next 18 months (BG/EB)
  • Iraq dangers exaggerated, affecting recruiting (WT | EB)
  • Wounded Soldiers make cross-country trek (AFIS)
  • Army to cut Boeing's base fee by 70% on FCS contract (SLPD | EB)
  • MTA-Army plan cancelled over control of trains (NYT/EB)
  • Army, Navy honor fallen Special Op troops (ARNEWS)


  • Iraqi PM says some cities secure enough for U.S. troop withdrawal (NYT | EB)
  • Pentagon official admits errors in Iraq strategy (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi, Coalition forces thwart attacks, discover weapons cache (ARNEWS)
  • "U.S. can't leave iffy Iraqi forces" -- Opinion (PI | EB)
  • Chaplain helping heal battle stress (ARNEWS)
  • U.S. forces capture Zarqawi aide (LAT | EB)
  • U.S. commander in Afghanistan takes time to talk with citizens (USAT | EB)
  • Coalition troops work to help Kabul residents (AFIS)
  • Hunt continues for escaped insurgents (LAT | EB)


  • Department of Homeland Security announces restructuring plan (WP | EB)
  • Rally held to oppose new defense personnel system (WP | EB)
  • Activists submit local ballot to deny military recruiting in schools (NYT | EB)
  • DoD honors supporters of National Guard, Reserves (AFIS)
  • Cold War rivalry becoming apparent in Central Asia (WP/EB)
  • Singapore, U.S. reaffirm, strengthen relationship (AFIS)
  • S. Korea offers energy supply to North if they give up nuclear program (WP | EB)
  • Iran warns EU of resuming nuclear efforts (NYT | EB)


  • Iraq PM says Iraq army ready to take on more security responsibilities (Aljazeera)
  • Jaafari warns Iraq citizens that larger attacks are to come (Middle East Times)
  • Australian troops to return to Afghanistan (The Australian)
  • Gaza, northern Samaria closed until pullout complete (Jerusalem Post)
  • U.S., China, Russia reject U.N. reform bill to expand security council (China Daily)

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I am just awestruck by the way our men and women conduct themselves around the world. Whether they're 19 years old or 59 years old, when they're in the field, doing what they do, they do such a terrific job, and they bring all of America's values with them as they do it. (Transcript)

Gen. Richard Myers
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff


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