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August 14, 2010



The Army has actually made attempts to "flatten" information-sharing by promoting an idea blog. Here, soldiers can submit ideas, where they're debated upon and ultimately read by commanders.

However, it seems to be flawed in practice, as soldiers rarely take the time to submit ideas to the idea blog. For many soldiers, it's much more fun to sit around and complain to one another than to write a thoughtful "issue, discussion, recommendation" paper. Still, I was surprised to see it get as much use as it did.


Was it anonymous?

Joseph Fouche

The key factor seems to be how easy it is to fire the deadwood and how readily someone fires the deadwood.

On top of that, I'm a big fan of the occasional Admiral Byng incident.


We fired a lot of people in World War II....Tom Ricks had a good oped on this a while ago.

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