Around the World in 365 Days

Almost precisely three years from now, I want to take my family on a trip around the world for a full calendar year. It’s daunting. Can we afford it? Where will we go? Will the kids appreciate it? Will our extended families visit? What will we do with the house? Will we be safe? And…

Strategies are worthless; the strategist is everything.

While president in 1957, Dwight Eisenhower popularized an expression he’d heard in the Army: “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” Of course, plans are fixed and finite and address problems with a relatively high degree of certainty (i.e. getting from A to B, when the road is fairly well known). But strategy is a…

Churchill in Cuba: The Best War Education Bullets Can Buy

The Spanish Army’s 1700-strong find and fight column had been marching over a week through the jungles of central Cuba looking for rebels. Then, suddenly, in the humid, hot opening days of December, 1895, they found themselves under sustained sporadic fire from enemy insurgents for forty-eight straight hours. British Army subaltern (lieutenant) Winston Churchill had…