Four-Star Blogging at STRATCOM
This note was relayed and posted to Sgt. Stryker’s Daily Briefing, in the wake of Gen. Cartwright’s meeting with his senior NCOs:
“The metric is what the person has to contribute, not the person’s rank, age, or level of experience. If they have the answer, I want the answer. When I post a question on my blog, I expect the person with the answer to post back. I do not expect the person with the answer to run it through you, your OIC, the branch chief, the exec, the Division Chief and then get the garbled answer back before he or she posts it for me. The Napoleonic Code and Netcentric Collaboration cannot exist in the same space and time. It’s YOUR job to make sure I get my answers and then if they get it wrong or they could have got it righter, then you guide them toward a better way… but do not get in their way.”
JAMES E. CARTWRIGHT
p. DID Note: As the post’s author noted, if you have to ask where Gen. Cartwright’s blog is, you don’t have access. See also the comments at Stryker’s for some veterans’ eye views. Emails from the field, blogs, et. al. are flattening military communications, and this is is sure to have an impact on procurement and sales approaches in the industry. Winds of Change.NET has more in-depth opinion and analysis… and in January 2006, DefenseTech has an addendum.