A good friend of mine, who is active in the military and in the intelligence community, made me aware of this stunning article published this week in Foreign Policy - National Security magazine. Written by retired Lt. General David Barno, the article is a scathing indictment against our senior military brass and their cavalier attitude towards losing the top young talent as the numbers of active duty soldiers, sailors airmen and Marines shrink due to budget constraints.
The points that Barno makes in this piece are completely consistent with my observations covering almost fifteen years of working closely with transitioning military officers. I am torn. As an executive recruiter, I am delighted that I am in a position to make available to my client companies the best and the brightest that our military has trained. As a citizen and a tax payer, I am concerned that we are driving away from our armed forces the men and women who have the broadest understanding of a complex and rapidly evolving geopolitical jigsaw puzzle.
Military Brain Drain -- The Pentagon's top brass is driving away all the smart people
Here is a link to the entire on-line article:
foreignpolicy.com Article : Military Brain Drain
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