The Best Defense

The Best Defense

'Once an Eagle' actually gets it right

By "Capt. B"

Best Defense guest book critic

Just read your re-run (I'm enjoying them tremendously) about Once an Eagle and was stunned at the premise: a seminal novel on officership has skewed and jaded an entire generation of officers against staff work. I kept reading hoping the piece would address the real message of the book, but it failed to even acknowledge it. Arrogance, political scheming, and careerism displayed by Courtney are outward symptoms of personal selfishness and self-worship. Sam is the model of selflessness, loyalty to his men, and professional soldiering above personal advancement.

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The Best Defense

Michael Horowitz's fine study of how and why military innovations are adopted

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 3, 2014.

Over Christmas break I finally read Michael Horowitz's The Diffusion of Military Power, a terrific study of why some nations are able to innovate militarily, or imitate the innovations of others, while others are not.

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The Best Defense

A 'War on the Rocks' Xmas reading list

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on December 18, 2013.

I've been reading the blog "War on the Rocks" with interest, and so am pleased to be able to recommend their year-end reading list. But I still don't understand the blog's name. Does it refer to running aground or drinking whiskey? Or to something else?

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