PODCAST: Don Vandergriff on Military Personnel Reform

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Don Vandergriff conducting a map exercise, Photo by Dan Grazier.

The Army and Marine Corps doctrines are based on a foundation of mission command, a leadership philosophy where commanders tell subordinates what they want done but allow the subordinate leaders to figure out how to do it. For such a leadership philosophy to work, the entire organizational culture must be optimized for that, to include the personnel system. Don Vandergriff, a retired soldier and author, has dedicated his career to pushing these ideas. Here he talks about what steps can be taken to ensure we have the most effective and ethical military possible.

Show Notes:

“Military Reform Through Education”

Don Vandergriff: The US Army’s Poor Leadership — How Did It Get So Bad?

Don Vandergriff strikes sparks that might help reforge the US Army

Amazon Author Page: Don Vandergriff

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*

Photo of Dan Grazier

By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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