Leadership and National Security Reform (Colloquium Brief, November 2009)
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On June 24, 2009, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas AM University, and the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute conducted a Washington, DC, conference on Leadership and Government Reform. Two panels discussed Leader Development in Schools of Public Affairs and Leadership, National Security, and Whole of Government Reforms. The conference theme focused on the need for significant changes in leader development and government reform--even more than the post-World War II changes accomplished by the National Security Act of 1947 and the Goldwater- Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986--to improve the alignment, coordination, integration, and interoperability among largely autonomous U.S. Government agencies. The two conference panels were challenged to discuss leadership in a broader sense rather than focusing solely at the top, or on presidential leadership. The aim was to think more generally about reform minded leadership from the top, middle, and entry levels, in order to better prepare the nation for the new security challenges of this still-young 21st century.
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