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We need strategists In the Army and throughout the services At all levels We need senior generals and admirals who can provide solid military advice to our political leadership and we need young officers who can provide solid military advice--options details the results of analysis--to the generals and admirals We need military strategists officers all up and down the line because it takes a junior strategist to implement what the senior strategist wants done and it usually takes the input of juniors to help a senior strategist arrive at his conclusions When he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Bill Crowe said that what we need are people who can deal with thorny problems--people in uniform who are expert in their warfighting specialties and also able to assist the National Command Authorities in matters of strategy policy resource allocation and operations These officers he said need to be tested leaders and skilled military technicians open-minded and adaptable knowledgeable of military history and the role of armed force in the world and versed in the complexities of bureaucratic decisionmaking and the international interests of the United States and its allies This seems all too obvious but if so where are these strategists We can find plenty to read and study on the subject of leadership in fact there is a veritable mountain of studies essays and books explaining how to build leaders Not so if one wants to build or become a strategist Here the field of instructive works becomes thin Of course in some quarters the very idea of soldiers expounding on strategy is viewed with concern Yet the interest in strategy and the great strategists is as intense as it has ever been On the other hand the creating a better word might be developing of strategists is a matter that gets far less attention The wealth of literature on strategy makes the lack of discussion on how we beget strategists
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