- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 19, 2001

The survey by Lt. Col. Albert Johnson Jr., senior military fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which blames senior officers for failing to employ effective communication to bridge the generation gap with junior officers, should not be the last word on the subject (“Army report finds why officers leave,” Nation, May 16).

Rather, it should be seen as a supplement to David McCormick´s study “The Downsized Warrior” if only because recent downsizing caused the changes in the “command climate,” as will future downsizing.

Although less serious in its implications, a future survey might examine the impact of our civilian-military cultural gap on the weapons-acquisition process. Too often, cultural separatism, careerism, ticket punching, loyalty to the chain of command, and senior officers´ excessive concern with passing through the revolving door to industry (rotating in and out every few years) disrupt and demoralize the lives of civilian acquisition specialists.



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