If we don't train, we won't be better, and if we're not better, then we'll be dead
"These are the words of the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy base describing why the United States military has such a culture of training and learning.This is but one of the many insights from a remarkable week that I spent embedded with the U.S. Military.
Joint Civilian Orientation Conference
Vacation in early August is normally the time for chilling on the beach or getting fresh air and exercise in the mountains. But for me, my August vacation this year was rather different. I participated in a program called JCOC, "Joint Civilian Orientation Conference," a program sponsored by the Department of Defense. The mission of JCOC is to increase public understanding of national defense by enabling American business and community leaders to directly engage with the U.S. Military. Perhaps not since being founded by the Secretary of Defense in 1948 has the JCOC been more important. Not only is the risk of military conflict and nuclear war escalating at an alarming rate, but the divide between the civilian and military worlds is widening to the detriment of all. There are roughly two million service men and women in the U.S. Military, however, this represents considerably less than one percent of the population. Many people don't know anyone in the military. Those who serve tend to come from the military families further narrowing the gene pool.
So who was in this group, what did we do, and what did I learn that I feel is valuable to share?"...