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What's Important About A Minister Of Defence / Secretary Of Defense?


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#1 lastdingo

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 0622 AM

Germany got a new one (career politician with no clue about the military, likely in that office for no more than 2.5 years). The expectations are low.

I have my own idea about what's important about the qualification and attitude of the person in such an office, but what are yours?

 

(Let's stick to two lines in order to focus on the most important traits!)

 


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#2 Panzermann

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1044 AM

what goes for any other ministry IMHO

 

  • a will to look into the new office and a will to learn about its specific issues
  • an ability to digest the info handed to them and make decisions

 

 

Prior experience in a field handed to politicians is often not there anyway. And if they have prior experience they have often been lobbyists.


Edited by Panzermann, 19 July 2019 - 1045 AM.

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#3 Colin

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1255 PM

We have had two MOD who had prior military experience. In some ways it's not an asset as they can be bogged down in the details and don't see the big picture. In a perfect world, you have someone who has had prior military experience and then has served as a politicians for a number of years, so that way they can view the issue from all sides.


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#4 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1308 PM

The US might get one eventually!
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#5 Chris Werb

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1817 PM

I think Europe has it right. Lots of hot, classy, usually blonde defence ministers.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1824 PM

I think Europe has it right. Lots of hot, classy, usually blonde defence ministers.

 

Ladies that could also look good as nose art in an airplane, do you mean?


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#7 lastdingo

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1956 PM

what goes for any other ministry IMHO

 

  • a will to look into the new office and a will to learn about its specific issues
  • an ability to digest the info handed to them and make decisions

 

 

Prior experience in a field handed to politicians is often not there anyway. And if they have prior experience they have often been lobbyists.

 

 

I don't think that's good enough. Competence is like running - it doesn't help if the direction is the wrong one.

 

The task of a civilian MoD is in opinion to steer the armed bureaucracy away from the pursuit of self-interest towards the pursuit of the common good. The military is supposed to provide a common good; security. Ordinary MoD typically identify with the armed forces and make the bureaucratical self-interests their own interests. More shiny toys, more action, more budget, more prestige, more respect, more attention - hardly ever do they pursue 'enough' with least 'waste'.

 

As it turns out, I was able to stick to two lines. ;-)


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#8 DougRichards

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 2233 PM

Someone who can fit into the navigator's seat in an air force two seater. (It is a traditional Australian thing) for an introduction to the job flight.  We use to have a defence minister who they could only fit in a C-130.


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#9 Chris Werb

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 1429 PM

Ironically my niece wanted to fly C130s and was rejected because she was too small :(
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 1437 PM

Ironically my niece wanted to fly C130s and was rejected because she was too small :(


That was a pretext. Small Norwegians? ... Hard to believe. ;)
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 1613 PM

 

Ironically my niece wanted to fly C130s and was rejected because she was too small :(


That was a pretext. Small Norwegians? ... Hard to believe. ;)

 

 

That colour is yellow, not white!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orkney


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#12 Ssnake

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 1747 PM

YELLOUW.


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