Building Leaders for the Application of Strategic Landpower

  • Colonel Barry E. Daniels, Jr.

Recent conflicts illustrate that war remains a contest of wills between human adversaries. If influencing an opponent's will remains decisive, then the Army must develop leaders who understand the human dimension of war and are capable of thinking strategically. Given that the Army is moving toward a system of regional alignment focused on preventing conflict by influencing allies and partners, the Army needs to develop leaders who can develop subordinate leaders more effectively, understand complexity, operate among disparate cultures, and communicate persuasively. The Army should take steps to train good leaders to be good leader developers, enhance senior leaders' opportunity to gain understanding of complexity, improve cross-cultural skills, and improve communication skills to ensure that the Army is led by leaders who understand how to properly apply strategic landpower in the future.