Years ago, when I first stumbled upon Doctrine Man, his witty comments inspired the team during our journey to a faraway land, as we suffered through countless inventories and endless PowerPoint trauma in a deployment devoid of wartime rules of accountability and teeming with storyboards. Those times were remarkable, but paled in comparison to time in the mythical land of TRADOCia, where I discovered the pinnacle of mission command, education, and development of our future leaders. It is also where Doctrine Man reigns in relative anonymity, thriving in ambiguity (or “plain sight” as I soon learned): a requirement described throughout the Army’s Human Dimension White Paper that Tom Ricks critiqued and Doctrine Man defended recently as both valuable and necessary.
Go ahead and read the 20 questions with Doctrine Man. We don’t always agree with him, but we always learn something.