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"On manoeuvres in the modern military mind."
The most interesting challenge is psychological.
Participants learn the hard way that they cannot simply
command. They must persuade, cajole and win over
subordinates, allies and politicians, who may have
varying agendas. While lower level command requires
physical courage and speed of decision, higher commmand
involves moral courage, intellectual vision and
"Politicians are being pressed by interest groups on all
sides, while the military will usually only focus on
their aspect of the task. The collision of those two
sets of values can be quite a shock."
The more subtle message from the historians is the
lethal potential of petty jealousies, warring ambitions
and clashing egos.
http://jya.com/egowar.txt (16 kb)