Mars Adapting: Military Change During War

Mars Adapting examines what makes some military organizations better at this contest than others. The book explores the internal institutional factors that promote and enable military adaptation. It employs four cases, drawing upon one from each of the U.S. armed services. Each case was an extensive campaign, with several cycles of action/counteraction. In each case, the military institution entered the war with an existing mental model of the war they expected to fight.

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The 100 Book Journey

In 2020, I started to focus more on my reading. I always read what I thought to be a great deal during my life, but in 2020, I buckled down and read over fifty books. As I read more and more, I developed a greater perspective on issues that I had only seen as one-sided before. The diversity of books I read last year was more varied than ever before. I read science fiction, philosophy, biographies, books on real-life tragedies, and even a book on rocket fuels. In my reading, I found a great quote which re-affirmed the importance of the endeavor I was undertaking. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in his book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead writes:

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Lessons from the Navy

Lessons From the Navy is a well-written, professionally published work highlighting some great thought topics and behaviors I highly encouraged every aspiring leader to grasp and implement. It is a good, easy read for someone who is ready to consume the content, but there is an especially important realization and understanding to have before spending time in this book.

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The Leader’s Cultural Umbrella: Making Your People Your Top Priority

An effective leader knows how to use the corporate culture to take care of those under their charge, and when the culture clashes with the interests of those we lead, we must figure out ways to protect our people. Sometimes, this means a leader must make decisions that could cost them professionally and personally, including reaching into your pocket to make things happen.

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Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation

To change and adapt, the navy must shed its complacency and deploy technology based on maritime strategies linked to national objectives. This is a key conclusion in the book, Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation, a collection of essays written by 15 experts in the fields of naval and organizational history, strategy, technology, and international security. Technology alone, however, should not drive the navy’s transformation.

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