From the Ranch

From the Ranch

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What Is theTrue Problem

My husband sent me an article by a "military expert" named James Dunnigan this morning.  Mr. Dunnigan  recently published a very candid piece about corruption among America's present military leadership, and he put forth a theory on why this corruption has developed.  The article is a very interesting read.

Mr. Dunnigan is described in his bio as an author, military-political analyst, Defense and State Department consultant, and  designer of war games, as in computer games.  He is a prolific author of books, articles, and online materials on the military and its' operations.  He served three years in the military from 1961 until 1964 as a repair technician for the Sergeant ballistic missile.  After his service he continued his education, and is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in history.  Apparently his love of history has fueled his passion for military analysis.  He is quoted by many as an expert, and has established his reputation as such in the field.

 The real root of the crisis is the lack of character on the part of some who serve, and how those with lack of character are able to rise in leadership.  The actions of corrupt leaders in our Military profoundly affect ALL who serve.  This article explains how a situation can develop during war time which fosters corruption, but I tend to disagree with the underlying message of the author, which seems to be that exposure of the methods used in military operations is a problem, and micromanagement a complication of that problem.  The author seems to indicate if we just let the Military accomplish the mission by whatever means they choose, things will be better.  All one has to do is examine how the Military has handled sexual assault among the ranks through the chain of command to understand this course of action will not work.  It is changing now, but it isn't changing because the Military addressed the problem on it's own.  It has only been accomplished by the American public in general becoming aware of the problem and demanding that it be addressed.

While I feel that certainly the circumstances he describes in this article have contributed to the corruption which has become prevalent in our Military, I disagree that these developments, or catalysts, are  the root cause of the problems.  All the circumstances, catalysts, opportunities and pressures in the world can come to bear upon a leader, and usually do, but in the end, it always comes down to personal character.