The Army places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of self assessment and self improvement, and these traits are invaluable both inside the military and without. However there is the risk that the traits that make the service successful aren’t being fully valued or appreciated from within that branch. A recent post from Army Magazine, poses the question, what other professions can learn from the military, and in particular, the Army. In short, quite a bit, actually.
“In the Army’s quest to learn more from other organizations and military operations, it often fails to see what makes itself distinctive both in terms of the uniqueness of individual soldier professional attributes and institutional performance,” writes Chad Storlie. “A keen understanding of the Army’s strengths is central to ensuring that we preserve and improve what it does best. These qualities should be valued among organizations in business, education, government and the nonprofit arena, to name a few.”
WASHINGTON — China is likely developing a long-range bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons and a space-based early warning system it could use to more quickly respond to an attack, according to a new report from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.