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This book will shape the debate on how to save the military from itself. The first part recognizes, indeed celebrates, what the military has done well in attracting and developing leadership talent. The book then examines the causes and consequences of the modern military's stifling personnel system, with a close look at strategic failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book also reports a new survey of active duty officers (done by the author) that reports what is driving the best and brightest to leave the ...
This book will shape the debate on how to save the military from itself. The first part recognizes, indeed celebrates, what the military has done well in attracting and developing leadership talent. The book then examines the causes and consequences of the modern military's stifling personnel system, with a close look at strategic failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book also reports a new survey of active duty officers (done by the author) that reports what is driving the best and brightest to leave the service in frustration. Solutions round out the book, grounded in an economic emphasis on market forces.
"At a time when more attention is being paid to the need for creative destruction - and nondestructive creation - by America's entrepreneurs, startup maven Tim Kane shines the spotlight on the creativity of veterans and men and women in the military. Bleeding Talent is a must read for those seeking a more effective and efficient military. Kane asks the big question: What can we do to harness the entrepreneurial talent inside to bring an innovation culture to the military?" - Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia Business School, and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
"Most Washington wonks forget that human capital is the most important weapon in the Pentagon's arsenal. Tim Kane reminds us that our troops win wars. At a minimum, they deserve a personnel system that rewards voluntary service with more autonomy and less coercion." - James Jay Carafano, Director, Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
"Since the two Gulf Wars, the US military has becoming widely admired - and properly feared - as the preeminent fighting force in the world. It also is an exemplary meritocratic institution - or is it? That is the challenging question that Tim Kane, a former Air Force officer, addresses in this pioneering and thought provoking study. While praising the military for what it does right, Kane also offers a timely and well document constructive critique of how the military could do much better to hold onto its best and brightest. This is a must read for everyone in the military, our political leaders who oversee it, and citizens who care about it." - Robert E. Litan, Vice President, Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
List of Figures and Tables ix
Chapter 1 A Cautionary Tale 9
Chapter 2 The Paradox of Military Leadership 35
Chapter 3 Entrepreneurs in Uniform 59
Chapter 4 Exodus 85
Chapter 5 It's Not Business, It's Personnel 109
Chapter 6 Winning Battles, Losing Wars 143
Chapter 7 Coercion 163
Chapter 8 War Machines 183
Chapter 9 Measuring Merit 199
Appendix: Survey of West Point Graduates 217
Selected Bibliography 255
Posted March 9, 2013
Tim Kane does a fantastic job of identifying the problems in the current military personnel system. This book is not an attack on the military, rather it offers constructive criticism on an outdated and inefficient personnel system that drives many talented young officers to leave the service. Current and former junior officers will recognize and relate to the author's observations and critiques of the system, both good and bad. He identifies workable solutions to te problems he identifies. Recommended reading for those interested in leader development and management in complex organizations. Should be required reading for senior miltary officers and those concerned about the future of military leadership.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.