Review: Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture by Donald E. Vandergriff

Donald E. Vandergriff, Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture (Naval Institute Press, 2019) 5 Star Potentially Epic – Could Turn US Military Into an Effective Force Reviewed by Robert David Steele I met the author through Col Dr. Doug Macgregor, USA (Ret), whose various books, but most recently and especially Margin …

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

How did the US Army’s leadership problem grow so bad? Summary:  The US spends $600 billion on the US military (narrowly defined; almost a trillion broadly), yet repeatedly fails to defeat our poorly trained and equipped foes. In this chapter of our series asking “why”, Don Vandergriff points to ways the Army selects and promotes officers …

Don Vandergriff: Next Steps for Military Personnel Reform

Next Steps for Military Personnel Reform Mandy Smithberger, 19 September 2016 Ten years ago the Center for Defense Information published Raising the Bar: Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War. Written by Straus Military Reform Project Advisory Board Member Major Donald E. Vandergriff, USA (ret.), the book has been used …

Don Vandergriff: Personnel Reform and Military Effectiveness

The following piece was first published in August 2015 by POGO’s Center for Defense Information. Warfare is first and foremost a human endeavor. Wars are fought by people using their minds; weapons are only tools to implement people’s ideas. It is people, and the ideas they wield, that make the difference between a sharp, decisive …

Worth A Look: Don Vandergriff – The Path to Victory – America’s Army and the Revolution in Human Affairs

Revised and with a new foreword from leading reform advocate COL (ret) Douglas MacGregor, PhD, Don Vandergriff revisits his 2002 manifesto for the evolution of the U.S. Army. From the foreword: “Few books in the history of the U.S. Army have made a more convincing argument for change than Don Vandergriff’s Path to Victory: America’s …