29 Oct '13, 4pm

Report: Overhaul career tracks that feed general, admiral ranks: The U.S. military likes to stock it... #airforce

The U.S. military likes to stock its general and admiral ranks with its best operators — the battle commanders, the fighter pilots, the ship captains. Yet those officers may be poorly prepared for many of the Pentagon’s most senior jobs that focus mainly on the business-like management of military institutions. A Washington think tank is sounding the alarm in a report released Monday that concludes today’s military — its promotion process, professional military education and assignment practices — may be setting up senior leaders for future failure. “Most officers selected for their first star are operational standouts, heavily steeped in tactics and fighting,” states the report, “Building Better Generals,” by the Center for a New American Security. Yet these officers are “often lacking exposure to the very different demands surrounding the corporate management of a massiv...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131029/CAREERS03/3...

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