The Gun Doctor: Innovation Lessons for Junior Leaders in Large Organizations and the National Security Community

At the turn of the last century, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy revolutionized the way that battleships fought from his stateroom on the other side of the world. He had to overcome a bureaucracy that fought back against him and a conservative culture that didn't even want to recognize his innovation, never mind change and adopt it.  Lt William Sims rose through the ranks and years later became the commander of all American naval forces in World War I.  As the President of the Naval War College after the war, he wrote about his experiences with innovation and leadership, and he provides 21st century readers with important lessons on embracing an innovative mindset and using adaptive leadership for the challenges we face today.

Author Benjamin "BJ" Armstrong is an officer in the U.S. Navy and a PhD candidate with the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. He is an award winning historian and an experienced operational leader, having served around the world as a Search and Rescue and Special Warfare helicopter pilot, as well as in the Pentagon. His books "21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era" and "21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era" look at the writing and thinking of great naval leaders of the past to help inform how today's national security professionals should approach the future. 

Hear from BJ as he exclusively chats with the YPFP community about his book, leadership, and national security.


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May 07, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm
SAIS room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Mariella Torres

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