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On Consistent Success Over Time: Sky-Down Ops vs Ground-Up Ops

WHAT ARE OPERATIONS?

My definition of Operations, which I think is sound, is "the coordination of tactics over time."

It starts, actually, with philosophy -- implicit or explicit.

Philosophy: What's important and worth working towards, on the highest levels? What's worth living for?

So you decide, let's say, that "beauty" is important to you. You want to live in a beautiful world, philosophically speaking.

Taylor and Other Soldiers

On Tynan

Sometimes the most impactful books are the ones you didn't mean to read. For some reason that I can't remember anymore, I copied a book called "On Killing" onto my ebook reader when I first bought it. It sat on the reader for eight months before I found myself unable to sleep and without any books I actually wanted to read. So I began to tackle the 400 page opus on being a soldier.

The book took me a month to get through. It's dense, thorough to the point of being repetitive, and mostly irrelevant to civilians. But it's not totally irrelevant to me: my brother Taylor is going to Afghanistan tomorrow.

He joined the military about a year ago. The decision was made without any input from the family and without much notice either. "I'm thinking of joining the Army" evolved into him being issued fatigues in a blink of an eye. Soon he was off to basic training.

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