31, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
Bleeding Talent: How the US Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 10:00 - 11:30 AM
"As an all-volunteer force, the young men and women who serve these days are top drawer; it is the institution that is idiotic, [Kane] argues. And he has a drastic remedy in mind: a dose of classic economics."
–Fred Andrews, The New York Times
Books are available for purchase and signing.
Great leadership is a hallmark of the U.S. military, but today the Pentagon is bleeding talent—externally as top officers quit the ranks in frustration, and internally as those who serve are stuck in a risk-averse bureaucracy that inefficiently matches people with jobs. An exclusive survey of West Point graduates reveals an Army that rewards conformity but ignores merit, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
In Bleeding Talent, Hudson Institute Chief Economist and former USAF intelligence officer, Dr. Tim Kane, offers a blueprint for how the Pentagon can reinvent itself in a time of budget cuts. Just as the military moved from the draft toward an all-volunteer force in the 1970s, Kane argues it should continue evolving toward more autonomy for its workforce. In developing his plan for a Total Volunteer Force, Kane explores the philosophical issues of duty and liberty and draws on the management lessons from some of America's greatest companies.
Please join author Tim Kane, Hudson Distinguished Fellow Christopher DeMuth,and a panel of former senior military officers for an eye-opening discussion of the book. Panelists include:
General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, retired)—former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and Chairman of the Board for the Institute for the Study of War.
Lt. General David Barno (U.S. Army, retired)—former head of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
Colonel Martha McSally (USAF retired)—first American woman to fly in combat, first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, and a former U.S. congressional candidate.
Christopher DeMuth, Tim Kane, Martha McSally, and David Barno
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