Over the holidays, I was drawn into a game of “heads down, thumbs up” with my grandchildren. The game originated in the 1950s, but it’s still a great way to entertain a group of 4-to-8-year-olds. Players around a table lower their heads into their folded arms to shield their eyes and extend an arm into the middle of the table with the thumb up. Several other players walk around the table and push down the thumb of a player they’ve selected. At the command “heads up” the players around the table must guess who pushed down their thumb.
Over the sleepy D.C. week leading up to the 4th of July, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and the Pentagon released the 2015 National Military Strategy, the first since 2011. The document, hailed as “remarkably readable,” provides a bad news/good news story on the role and capability of the U.S. military in meeting threats to U.S. national security. Many of the sentiments listed in the document were further reiterated by Dempsey’s presumed successor, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, at his confirmation hearing on July 9.
Assign class credit to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for airing the idea that universities, in partnership with the private sector, can take a leading role in easing the transition of veterans re-entering civilian society on return from more than a dozen years of war.