I came to believe that a leader isn’t good because they’re right; they’re good because they’re willing to learn and to trust. ~ General Stanley McChrystal (USA, Ret)
This is a great story that fuses a basic experience with the historical events of modern warfighting age. General McChrystal is an exceptional individual and great speaker.
“Great moments are born from great opportunity.” Coach Herb Brooks
I found the quote from Coach Brooks to be exceptionally inspirational. A coach and leader who led the United States’ Olympic Hockey team in 1980. This team later became known and the “Miracle on Ice” team after its defeat of the Soviet Union’s team. It is one that inspires to great depth through understanding the challenges our country faces.
Having had the privilege to meet, hear speak, and ask questions of General James E. Cartwright (USMC, Ret.) when I found this video it was A Cyber Fellow’s treat! The video is from the Global Security Forum 2012. One of the panels addressed the big aspects of Fighting a Cyber War to include significant strategy and policy discussions in Defense and International Security, Technology and Cybersecurity. Several years ago at an AFCEA IT conference while he was serving as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, I asked a question relating to the significant slowness of technology to penetrate the U.S. Military for use by our Forces. His retort, “it is a massive problem,” quite accurate from what I’ve learned about the issue since – he even offered me his shoes if I wanted to take his place (Navy LT (O3) to 4-Star (O10) would have been a significant jump). The problem is quite massive and at the root of our Military’s desire – Innovative, Highly Technical, Entrepreneurial, yet Inspirational and an Effective Leader – the perfect warfighter!
Since that day I’ve worked toward being able to fill those shoes…
About the video and forum:
The Global Security Forum 2012 is a forum on the top challenges facing U.S. and global security. The vulnerability of military, civilian, and commercial networks to cyber attack is forcing the U.S. government to revise its approach to cyberspace. While most attention is focused on preventing attacks, this panel will address how cyber could be used in an offensive capacity, including how to conceptualize command and control, targeting, damage assessment, proportionality, and deterrence in a cyber environment either alone or alongside kinetic operations.