Leading at the Speed of Light: New Strategies for U. S. Security in the Information Age
As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's--imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of "Leading at the Speed of Light" is that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Tables and Figures
CHAPTER 1Strategy and Leadership
CHAPTER 2Lists of Lists
CHAPTER 3Globalization and theInformation Age
CHAPTER 4Leading in theInformation Age
Other editions - View all
ability accomplish adversary Afghanistan allow American areas army assessment battle capabilities capacity certainly challenges changes cognitive Cold War command commander’s intent complex concept conflict Consider decision decision cycle Department of Homeland discussion Eisenhower emerging environment equation established example execution farm focus future globalization goals greater hard power Homeland Security Hurricane Katrina hyperpower impact implementation important increased individual Information Age leader information technologies initiative innovation Iraq issues knowledge management leadership League of Nations levels military mission Moore’s Law national security leaders national security strategy national service officer one’s organization outcome perhaps perspective physical domain potential president question response result role security and defense senior leaders situation skills society soft power soldier strategic leaders subordinates success tactical theory thinking trait theory traits twenty-first-century leader U.S. Army U.S. forces understanding United vision and communication warfare wisdom World War II