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Tensions and violence in cities across America are reminders of how quickly communities can erupt with an absence of social trust.
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When you go through some controversy and you see your face on the news in a negative way for 48 hours… you doubt yourself. And your friends make the difference. They become a safety net that come in and say, ‘That’s not the case.’ And the relationships that you’ve built… come to the fore.
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Americans enjoy the exciting, cinematic vision of a squad of muscle-bound Goliath boasting Olympian speed, strength, and precision – a group whose collective success is the inevitable consequence of the individual strengths of its members and the masterful planning of a visionary commander.
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In our society, I see public media as a lever. It pushes people by elevating them and their sights. It brings them into more thinking and understanding, and it brings us together.
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A fundamental principle that I learned in my career, and a principle that my consulting company McChrystal Group helps American civilian companies to adopt, is that winning units and organizations ensure that the time they actually spenddaily, weekly, and yearly – must hew closely to their priorities.
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I find that if the day is terrible but I worked out, at the end of the day I can go, ‘Well, I had a good workout‘. Almost no matter what happens.
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When I arrived in the summer of 2009 to command the war in Afghanistan, I entered an effort that was failing. Many Afghans, some ISAF coalition members, and much of the American public had lost confidence in both the trajectory of the war and our ability to correct it.
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When I became commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, I was leading thousands of individuals, from Special Forces to the broader interagency effort. I quickly realized that while we had the most best and most effective operators and small teams in the world, we were unable to scale.
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I want the American people to understand, we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Wars often begin with enthusiastic vigor but typically settle into costly, dirty business characterized for soldiers by fear, frustration, and loneliness.
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When I was a lieutenant in Special Forces many many years ago, I thought I was getting fat. And I started running, and I started running distance, which I enjoyed.
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If we want to be members of the world community, we need to think that way.
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Any war or conflict you enter where you are likely to lose more Americans and expend more treasure is something worthy of very detailed debate. There ought to be a lot of skepticism. There ought to be a lot of discussion.
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There’s this intense media spotlight; there’s a need to be transparent, and, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m also trying to fight a war at the same time.’ It’s a challenge, but it goes with the job.
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Public television works hard to engage young learners and build the skills needed for a jump-start on life. We need our youngest to be curious, resilient and empathetic, and prepared for the jobs of the future.
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There is no avoiding the realities of the information age. Its effects manifest differently in different sectors, but the drivers of speed and interdependence will impact us all. Organizations that continue to use 20th-century tools in today‘s complex environment do so at their own peril.
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In an organization that is unwilling to change, find the opportunity to talk and interact with people – figure out why they don’t want to change. It could be habits. It could be people’s personal equities and reputations are defined by the role they’re in or the process they’ve mastered.
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We are a nation of innovators and problem-solvers who sparked revolutions in democratic government, civil rights, communications, flight, rural electrification and technology. We are a country defined by ideals now in need of rescue.
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If you sit down with British officers or British senior NCOs, they understand the sweep of history. They know the history of British forces not just in Afghanistan but the history of British successful counter-insurgencies – Northern Ireland, Malaysia.
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I said if you want me to go back to Afghanistan and work, I’m happy to do that. If you think accepting my resignation is best for the cause and for the nation, then I have no complaint with that.
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I don’t miss the bureaucracy of being in the Army. But I still love the relationships you can build. And it doesn’t have to be in military service – it can be anything you’re doing with someone that matters. You develop a bond.
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If every soldier is authorized to make one mistake, then we lose the war.
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What I really want are students who want to partner with other people, to be part of an organization and to influence people so that they can accomplish things that the organization would not have accomplished otherwise.
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Our bureaucracy had excelled at compartmentalizing intelligence – we had a ‘need to know’ system – but by 2004, it was impossible to foresee what elements of our organization would and would not need to know a given piece of information.
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Over my career, I’d watched senior leader visits have unintended negative consequences. Typically, schedules were unrealistically overloaded and were modified during the visit to cancel parts of the plan.
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I think with the beginning of any political administration, you have to build trust, and it takes time.
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Throughout history, the organizational evolution of the military has been inextricably linked with that of the business world.
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Like leaders in many walks of life, my business has been to serve with, and for, others.
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America needs a restart. It has long devoted its energies to solving its many big problemsunequal opportunity, crumbling infrastructure, lagging education, inadequate training in a changing economy, and threats to peace around the world.
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What scares me about drone strikes is how they are perceived around the world. The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes… is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one.
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A year of service has the power to bring young people together from different races, ethnicities, incomes, faiths, and political backgrounds to work on pressing problems facing U.S. society today.
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Industrial technologies that allowed for increased mechanization in 19th-century armed forces also spurred Frederick Winslow Taylor to develop his ‘Scientific Managementdoctrine in Philadelphia steel mills.
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I spent a career carrying typically either an M16 or an M4 Carbine. An M4 Carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 mm at about 3000 feet per second.
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Public, noncommercial broadcasting is also giving kids social-emotional skills like persistence and self-control that are fundamental to success in school, not to mention in the military, the institution where I spent most of my career.
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Many leaders are tempted to lead like a chess master, striving to control every move, when they should be leading like gardeners, creating and maintaining a viable ecosystem in which the organization operates.
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The eight years of war since 9/11 had meant several Christmases away from home for most of these men. For soldiers at war, there’s comforting continuity in the traditions and inevitability of Christmas.
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Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity.
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By nature, I tended to trust people and was typically open and transparent… But such transparency would go astray when others saw us out of context or when I gave trust to those few who were unworthy of it.
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As combat infantrymen and special operators, we received thousands of hours of firearms training.
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You’re going to find out who your friends are. Anything that happens in your life is one of those challenges. It may not be at the level of celebrity, but everybody‘s going to travel that road.
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If you talk to a British officer or NCO about the strategic objectives of the end state, you’ll often get a spirited discussion that’s very well informed.
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My dad was always the soldier I wanted to be.
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How Americans restore trust may be an existential question for their country, then, but it’s ultimately a practical one: What U.S. society needs to answer it in the coming years aren’t lamentations but practical measures, especially among the emerging generations that will define America’s future.
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I knew from history that war comes with frightening regularity, often fought over the same ground and similar causes as previous conflicts.
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To this day, I am saddened by Ranger Tillman’s death, as I am for the loss of every service member I served with, and for the pain such losses cause each family.
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I think every war certainly wears on national will and national patience, particularly a counterinsurgency.
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I had known Colonel Charlie Flynn since he was a lieutenant 23 years earlier, and I remembered how his first child, Molly, had been born while Charlie was deployed to the first Gulf War.
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Leaders must establish common purpose and build trust within an organization.
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The reality is when you make ‘America First’ a bumper sticker and pump it overseas, what you’re telling them is ‘America Only‘.
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As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting.
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Trust is an amazing commodity. The Afghan people often talk to me about having to develop trust in America, because they believe that we deserted them in 1990 and 1991.
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I go back and think of President Kennedy, who had a military service background, but he comes into the presidency, and he’s faced with a decision on the Bay of Pigs, with the C.I.A. and the military giving him data, and it turns out very badly.
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With my resignation, I… left unfulfilled commitments I made to many comrades in the fight, commitments I hold sacred. My service did not end as I would have wished.
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In combat operations in places like Afghanistan, we often confronted the specter of dangerous people with powerful weapons who were a threat to their community and to our soldiers. Our aim was to quickly determine who in that community was a legitimate actor who could be trusted with a firearm and who was not.
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The challenge that we faced with the arrival of the Obama administration is, they didn’t really have time to build trust before they had to make big, difficult decisions.
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