Robby Harris graciously permitted me to spend two hours with his discussion group this week to talk about how the Nation might develop a Strategy for dealing with China that does not include the flaws that were later found hidden in the famous 1980’s Maritime Strategy.Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Yesterday the Center for Strategy and International Security hosted the book launch. Discussions of several chapters and the question and answer period hosted by Seth James are available at CSIS.org under “events.”Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged Leadership | Leave a comment
The 35 Leadership case studies I wrote under the title “A Navy Admiral’s Bonze Rules: Managing Risk and Leadership,” will finally be available from Naval Institute this August. Publishing became a much longer road than usual after The Institute underwent some internal restructuring. These studies fulfill a dual role; they fill in previous holes in military history and also serve as guides for those who seek to take the leadership mantle.Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged leaderhip | Leave a comment
I met Dr. Jay Davis when he left his job running his accelerator laboratory at Lawrence Livermore (and his occasional stints as a world-roving United Nations nuclear weapons inspector) to come to the Pentagon to become the first Director of the several thousand-person Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
When I was first mentoring young scientists and engineers trembling on the verge of sampling the poisoned chalice of management, I would encourage them to read military history. To me, such histories provide a fine source of case studies of decision making in circumstances of uncertain data, resources, and boundaries. I still believe that. Dave Oliver has gone me one better however. His personal stories show how one must involve one’s values in building a team that performs well not just technically but at high ethical and interpersonal standards, insuring its long term success. In addition, the stories are often hilarious, pulling one through at a fabulous pace. I recommend this great read for anyone building, or rebuilding, a team for high quality performance.”
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Venture capitalists often are the most difficult men and women to be defined. This is true of Bob McCormack, who found time to serve the Reagan and Bush Administrations while he was also helping build some of the key blocks of American industry.
I have had the pleasure of working with Admiral David Oliver while serving in the Pentagon from 1987 to 1992. He has quietly executed some very risky missions for our country while serving in U.S. Submarine Force. During his Naval Career, he demonstrated incredible leadership abilities that had a major impact on the Navy. Many of these are presented in this book.
Robert C. McCormack
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller)
Admiral Jim Hogg was the Commander of the Seventh Fleet and then Director of Naval Warfare the two times I worked for him. He also served as the US Representative to the NATO Military Committee. For the last twenty years he has been one of the key Navy intellectual forces as Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.
“Leadership and Risk is a TOP Tier Leadership Workshop with riveting
hands-on, real world stories that reinforce the values of every effective
leadership trait. Highly credible and described most skillfully by Dave
Oliver. Absolutely compelling!”
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If you knew her father, and spend time around Navy citizens, you eventually meet Ann Zumwalt Cuppola. Just as inevitably, you are impressed. She is a chip off both her Mother’s and Father’s blocks. We are both familiar with many of the same people and challenges. I shared a draft of this book with her. She returned the following:
An irresitible page-turner of compelling vignettes which give detailed insights into high stakes historical drama. What can be learned? An eyelevel sketch of rationales of creative risk takers whose individuality and personality stepped out from the norm of institutional or society’s mold and pushed for change and transformation. We are given decades of accumulated wisdom of the author and those mentors from whom he learned – Rickover, Zumwalt, Rumsfeld…… Through the internal periscope of their successes and failures, we are compelled to assess the inventory of our own individual strengths, the weakness of our strengths, or perhaps even the strength of our individual weaknesses.
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