General Kenney as a Strategic Leader
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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General George C. Kenney was the Allied Air Commander in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War Two. As commander of Fifth Air Force, General Kenney reported to General MacArthur, and operated as the Joint Force Air Combat Commander. General Kenney gained command of Fifth Air Force in July 1942, inheriting a demoralized and beaten force with few resources with which to work in a theater designated as the lowest priority of the war effort. Yet, General Kenney managed to return his troops to the offensive, retain the initiative, and ultimately lead the allied air forces to victory over Japan. The paper analyzes General Kenneys strategic leadership style, framed within the six strategic leadership tasks defined in the Armys draft FM 22-1-3. These tasks are provide vision shape culture manage joint, combined, and interagency relationships manage national-level relationships represent the organization and, manage change. The paper concludes that General Kenney demonstrated all the strategic leadership tasks and his experiences are relevant to learning about leadership today.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics