By LTC Douglas A Cox, Air University Press
With Airpower management at the entrance Line: Lt Gen George H. Brett and wrestle Command, Douglas Cox makes a novel contribution to American airpower biography. Books abound on personalities that stretch excessive rank and whose careers culminate in nice luck. those stories usually glean willing perception approximately management variety, and a few are vocationally useful as examples of powerful command. however the research of history’s nice winners yields anything lower than a whole dimensional feel of chief- send. The exam of these women and men who don't fairly succeed in exalted prestige can ﬂesh out the teachings of potent management. this is often what Cox does right here. George H. Brett definitely reached excessive rank, and basically the main cynical and uninformed observer may pass judgement on his occupation a failure. but global warfare II didn't propel him alongside a similar profession trajectory of a Curtis LeMay or a Hoyt Vandenberg or a Jimmy Doolittle. Why? For all types of purposes; a few of which have been strong, a few undesirable, a few inside of Brett’s keep watch over, and others completely outdoor his purview. via a cautious exam of basic and secondary assets, in addition to his personal acumen as a pointy ofﬁcer, Cox makes use of Brett’s existence to light up these elements that at ﬁrst sped Brett during the ranks after which these variables that looked as if it would block his additional development. Cox reminds us of what we frequently understand intuitively yet frequently for- get intellectually: that good fortune has many fathers, together with own success and fortuitous condition. Airpower management at the entrance Line pulls no punches relating to Brett’s barriers, however it additionally recognizes broader components at play in his occupation. in any case, Cox delineates these elements that make for profitable leaders; and, extra importantly, indicates which between these variables are inside of a person’s regulate and accordingly precious of realization and effort. up to stories of commanders who grabbed the brass ring, this exam of George H. Brett provides perception into the makings of potent management and profitable command.
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Brett, interview by the author. 6. 4, box 2. 7. DOD, Efﬁciency Reports, George H. Brett, (Quarry Heights, Panama: Commanding General, January 1937–September 1938). 8. ” 9. Brett, oral history interview, 48. 10. , 42. 11. 4, item 312. 12. Brett, oral history interview, 43. 13. Copp, Frank M. Andrews, 11–14. MacArthur had been retained in the post of chief of staff for a ﬁfth year by President Roosevelt; he departed for the Philippines in the fall of 1935. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Reminicences, 102–3.
Back I went to Adm. Leary. I expected the same answer I’d had before, but was prepared to get tougher. ”14 Ultimately MacArthur and his party were safely transported to Australia, arriving 17 March 1942 at Batchelor Field near Darwin in two B-17s. 15 MacArthur’s deputy chief of staff, Brig Gen Richard J. Marshall, had ﬂown ahead from Alice Springs to Melbourne. He rejoined MacArthur’s train in Adelaide to give MacArthur a brieﬁng. 17 If Brett expected a cordial greeting from the new supreme commander, he was soon disabused of the notion.
12 Brett took the message as a rebuke, and Sutherland’s stenographer, Master Sergeant Paul Rogers, asserts that it was intended as such. indd 43 11/7/06 10:34:47 AM AIRPOWER AND ANTAGONISM IN AUSTRALIA I am informing Brett but request you inform him of group to be transported and order him to dispatch suitable planes if on hand, otherwise that you make such planes available to him. . The best three planes in the United States or Hawaii should be made available with completely adequate and experienced crews.