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Title: George Kenney and William Tunner: A brief analysis of two iconic air leaders
Author: Vicente, João
Keywords: George Kenney
William Tunner
Air Power
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Empresa da Revista Militar
Series/Report no.: N. º 10 (Out. 2009);
Abstract: What judgments and decisions are made by air leaders when faced with challenges? Moreover, how to make airpower effective in solving strategic challenges? These questions epitomize the nature of this essay. Practicing leadership in warfare it’s like teaching parenthood. Therefore, examining past experiences it’s the only way to answer those questions and prepare for future wars. Following this approach, this paper will scrutinize the experiences of two “iconic air leaders”. Generals George Kenney in the Pacific, and William Tunner in the “Hump.” The analysis will be framed by a trinity of context, commander, and operational template. The context will reveal the strategic challenges. On the other hand, the commander dimension consists of his personality and the influence over the command system, including aspects as relationships (with superiors, subordinates or allies), formative experiences (both professional and technical), and trust. Finally, operational templates are designed by the commander to solve strategic challenges, and involve troops, technology, and thinking. These concepts and interactions will be merged throughout the analysis unveiling several commonalities which are paramount to the success of an air leader. This paper will then argue for the importance of formative experiences; the ability to create and nurture relationships; and the vision to innovate by creating and adjusting operational templates.
Peer review: no
ISSN: 0873-7630
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