What skills, precisely, should America's senior military leaders have? Most American
s don't give this question much thought. But they should. The military itself has a quick and easy answer: Generals and admirals should be "strategic leaders." But while the idea of producing "strategic leaders" rolls nicely off the tongue, the problem is pinning down what it means.

Strategic Horizons: For U.S. Military, 'Strategic Leadership' Easier Said Than Done

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently released a list of several hundred retired generals and admirals who have joined the "Romney for President Military Advisory Council." There is nothing unusual about such a list. Many presidential candidates roll out endorsements from high-profile former officers to demonstrate that as commander-in-chief, they would have the support of the military's senior leaders.

What did raise some eyebrows was the inclusion on Romney's list of retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks. Writing for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein said, "If you're a presidential candidate looking to establish your national security cred with a war-weary American public, who might be the worst frontman you could choose for your cause? How about the guy who oversaw the campaign that lost Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, then bungled planning for war in Iraq?" ...

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