Accession Number : AD1042078

Title :   Lemay and Olds: Great Captains of Airpower

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Stretch,Charles

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Barry Strauss, in his book Masters of Command, argued that the three traditional great captains, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Cesar all possessed ten qualities: ambition, judgment, leadership, audacity, agility, infrastructure, strategy, terror, branding, and a tenth quality, which happened to them, Divine Providence. While these qualities answered what was required of ancient great commanders, some have little application to the modern battlefield and specifically to airpower leadership. This is natural given Christopher Gabels recognition in the book Great Commanders that great commanders face particular challenges in operating within the social norms of [their] day and age. These norms govern how leaders are selected, who serves in the military, and to what purpose military operations are conducted. The great commander recognizes these norms, and extracts the maximum possible military effectiveness from them.1 Given the modern day norms of civilian control and a highly organized professional force based on meritocracy and not heredity, which of Strauss qualities best apply to modern airpower leaders?

Descriptors :   leadership , military personnel , military history , infrastructure , judgement , strategy

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Humanities and History
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE