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Call sign chaos : learning to lead / Jim Mattis and Bing West.

By: Mattis, James N, 1950- [author.].
Contributor(s): West, Francis J [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Random House, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: xiv, 300 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780812996838 :; 0812996836 :.Subject(s): Mattis, James N., 1950- | Mattis, James N., 1950- -- Military leadership | United States. Marine Corps -- Officers -- Biography | Generals -- United States -- Biography | Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography | Command of troops | LeadershipDDC classification: 355.0092 | B
Contents:
A carefree youth joins the disciplined Marines -- Recruit for attitude, train for skill -- Battle -- Broadening -- Rhino -- The march up -- A division in its prime -- Incoherence -- Cascading consequences -- Fighting while transforming -- Hold the line -- Essential NATO -- Disbanding bureaucracy -- Central Command: The trigonometry level of warfare -- Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- Friend or foe -- Reflections -- Epilogue: America as its own ally -- Appendix A. My letter to General Robert Johnston, October 1991 -- Appendix B. Jim Mattis on reading -- Appendix C. Correspondence between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, 1943 -- Appendix D. To the families of our sailors and marines deploying to the Middle East, February 2004 -- Appendix E. My dismissal of charges letter for Haditha incident, August 2007 -- Appendix F. President George W. Bush's assignment letter for NATO Supreme Command, September 2007 -- Appendix G. My USJFCOM commander's guidance for effects based operations, August 2008.
Summary: "Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas -- and short-sighted thinking -- now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles while fighting inconclusive wars. Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic. Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all."--Dust jacket flap.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-283) and index.

A carefree youth joins the disciplined Marines -- Recruit for attitude, train for skill -- Battle -- Broadening -- Rhino -- The march up -- A division in its prime -- Incoherence -- Cascading consequences -- Fighting while transforming -- Hold the line -- Essential NATO -- Disbanding bureaucracy -- Central Command: The trigonometry level of warfare -- Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- Friend or foe -- Reflections -- Epilogue: America as its own ally -- Appendix A. My letter to General Robert Johnston, October 1991 -- Appendix B. Jim Mattis on reading -- Appendix C. Correspondence between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, 1943 -- Appendix D. To the families of our sailors and marines deploying to the Middle East, February 2004 -- Appendix E. My dismissal of charges letter for Haditha incident, August 2007 -- Appendix F. President George W. Bush's assignment letter for NATO Supreme Command, September 2007 -- Appendix G. My USJFCOM commander's guidance for effects based operations, August 2008.

"Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas -- and short-sighted thinking -- now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles while fighting inconclusive wars. Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic. Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all."--Dust jacket flap.

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