Creating the Future: Visioning, Alignment and Change in the Serbian Armed Forces (CSL Issue Paper. Volume 1-11, January 2011)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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In 1939, when he became the U.S. Armys 15th Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall realized that he was operating on a different level as he prepared the Army for possible entry into World War II. He was now a strategic leader and strategic leadership was different. In guiding the evolution of the poorly equipped 174,000 man Army of 1939 to the 8.3 million man well-led, modern Army of 19451 General Marshall demonstrated the three critical skills of a strategic leader the ability to create the future by providing the vision for long-term focus managing the intricate processes necessary for change and, building the teams and consensus required to accomplish the desired endstate. Today, in the States of the former Yugoslavia, national security teams are wrestling with the challenges of parallel political and military transformations. With the dissolution of the Yugoslav National Army JNA, military leadership and planning skills were dispersed among six sovereign entities. As a group, these countries have opted to align their futures with the West and the European Community. Whether NATO members, candidate members, or Partnership for Peace PfP participants, they have actively sought assistance with strategic planning and professional military education.
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