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'A Failure in Generalship' essay is a hot topic at Fort Leavenworth


Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(Wall Street Journal, via Crunchy Con blog) Failure of the generals:][1] When Col. Yingling returned to Fort Hood, he says, he found an Army that hadn't really changed. "The thing the Army institutionally is still struggling to learn is that the most important thing we do in counterinsurgency is building security forces and local government capacity," he said in an internal Army interview in 2006. "And yet all our organizations are designed around the least important line of operations: combat operations." A few weeks later, after attending the Purple Heart ceremony for the wounded soldiers, he decided he had to do something. His essay, "A Failure in Generalship," drew upon dozens of conversations he had overheard in mess halls and on patrol in Iraq. "It included no original thoughts," he says. But it quickly made him something of a cult hero among the Army's junior and mid-grade officers. At the Army's School for Advanced Military Studies in Kansas, where its brightest majors attend a one-year course on war planning, Col. Kevin Benson dropped lesson plans to let students discuss the article. "Most of the majors' reaction to the article was 'Right on,'" says Col. Benson, who until last month headed the Army school. Col. Benson says he counseled the young officers to be cautious about judging their superiors. "All right, you are going to have to work for some of these general officers," Col. Benson says he told them. "If you feel this way, what is your obligation to them?"[(Daily Monitor - Uganda) Muhoozi sent for training in USA:][2] President Yoweri Museveni has sent Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son, to Fort Leavenworth, a prestigious United States military academy, to study leadership skills. The President appoints and deploys all officers from the rank of Major and above. Maj. Muhoozi is to stay at Leavenworth until July next year, to study leadership development, collective training, military doctrine, battle command and latest anti-terrorism operations, military sources said. Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(DoD Press Release) DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Sgt. William W. Crow Jr., 28, of Grandview Plaza, Kansas:][3] The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. William W. Crow Jr., 28, of Grandview Plaza, Kansas, died June 28 in Baghdad, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.Kansas National Guard[(AP) Hundreds Evacuate As Plains Rivers Bulge:][4] Rivers swollen to record levels by days of heavy rain continued inching higher in parts of the southern Plains on Monday, keeping people from returning to ruined homes. The Kansas National Guard was sent to help with a mandatory evacuation of Osawatomie, a small town in eastern Kansas and one of the hardest-hit communities in the region. The town evacuated 40 percent of its 4,600 residents after two rivers - Pottawatomie Creek on the town's south flank and the Marais des Cygnes on the north - rose out of their banks [1]: http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2007/06/failure-of-the-generals.html [2]: http://www.monitor.co.ug/news/news07022.php [3]: http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48726296_casualties_dod_identifies_army_casualty_sgt_william_w_crow_jr_28_grandview_plaza_kansas [4]: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/07/02/ap3876865.html


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