Quiet Professional: On Professional Reading

By Rob Shaul I suggest four distinct professional reading categories: 1) Wisdom Literature This is the philosophical, foundational ideas and thinking quiet professionals need to keep us grounded and reset efforts when our foundation gets “squishy” or when we feel spiritual unease. Ideally we read snippets of this daily – and often from a narrow […]

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Arete 9.21.17

Military Reflections on Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Small Wars Journal McMaster on North Korea: ‘There Is a Military Option’, Defense Tech Marines want integrated suppressors, Marine Corps Times Russia May Send 100K Troops to NATO’s Borders, Defense Tech US has launched ‘more than 100 strikes against AQAP’ so far this year, Long War Journal […]

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Advice to My Younger Self: Language School

By Jay Huwieler You are embarking on perhaps the most mentally-taxing endurance event in the U.S. Army – 63 weeks learning a Category 4 language at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. No, it won’t be physically tough, and graduating won’t earn you the same respect among your peers that Ranger School would, […]

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Q&A 9.21.17

KUDOS ON HUMILITY “Just wanted to give you and your team kudos on Humility. After completing it the first time last summer, it sucked so bad I swore I would never do it again. Well after being at NTC for a month not doing any PT I decided I needed to get back in shape […]

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Plan Focus: Spartan Ultra Beast

By Charles Bausman The Spartan Ultra Beast is one of the most challenging obstacle course races out there, with a distance of  26 miles or greater and wide variety of obstacles which require strength, work capacity, and mental grit. This is a challenging course and need a high level of fitness navigate the race. MTI’s […]

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Plan Focus: Spartan Beast

  By Charles Bausman The Spartan Beast Obstacle Course Race is a tough challenge that amps up the distance and obstacles. At a distance of 12-14 miles with over 30 obstacles, it requires strength, work capacity, endurance and mental grit. The race requires a high level of fitness navigate the race. The Spartan Beast Training […]

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Arete 9.14.17

Military For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons, NY Times America Needs to Consider New Ideas in Afghanistan—Including Erik Prince’s Plan, World Politics Review Retired But Still Flying, the F-117 Nighthawk May Soon Fade to Black, Defense Tech SpaceX Launches Super-Secret Air Force X-37B Shuttle Before Irma Approaches, Defense Tech Mattis signs orders to send about […]

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Q&A 9.14.17

KUDOS ON HUMILITY “Wicked kudos on the Humility program. I just finished it (okay, I finished it over a month ago and I’m mostly through Big 24 now, but still), and I gotta say you couldn’t have picked a better name for it. Some background – I’m a 27 year old male, 6’0” 195 lbs, […]

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