By LTC Douglas A Cox, Air University Press
With Airpower management at the entrance Line: Lt Gen George H. Brett and strive against Command, Douglas Cox makes a unique contribution to American airpower biography. Books abound on personalities that stretch excessive rank and whose careers culminate in nice good fortune. those experiences usually glean prepared perception approximately management sort, and a few are vocationally beneficial as examples of potent command. however the research of history’s nice winners yields whatever under an entire dimensional feel of chief- send. The exam of these women and men who don't fairly achieve 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 in basic terms the main cynical and uninformed observer may pass judgement on his profession a failure. but international battle II didn't propel him alongside a similar profession trajectory of a Curtis LeMay or a Hoyt Vandenberg or a Jimmy Doolittle. Why? For every kind of purposes; a few of that have been solid, a few undesirable, a few inside Brett’s keep an eye on, and others completely outdoor his purview. via a cautious exam of fundamental and secondary resources, in addition to his personal acumen as a pointy ofﬁcer, Cox makes use of Brett’s existence to light up these components that at ﬁrst sped Brett in the course of the ranks after which these variables that seemed to block his additional development. Cox reminds us of what we regularly understand intuitively yet frequently for- get intellectually: that luck has many fathers, together with own success and fortuitous situation. Airpower management at the entrance Line pulls no punches relating to Brett’s boundaries, however it additionally recognizes broader elements at play in his profession. after all, Cox delineates these elements that make for profitable leaders; and, extra importantly, indicates which between these variables are inside a person’s keep watch over and consequently helpful of awareness and effort. up to experiences of commanders who grabbed the brass ring, this exam of George H. Brett provides perception into the makings of powerful management and winning command.
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12 crew men, 30 pilots, 32 ﬁghters aboard. Understand 27 crated P-40’s unloaded by SEA WITCH at JAVA. Every effort being made to render assistance. Only one remaining Field JAVA. 5 Although the message that instigated this reply is not available, it seems obvious the War Department was urging Brett to continue and, if possible, improve his support for the beleaguered forces in the NEI. The last line of the message shows the Airman’s inclination to husband his precious aircraft and crews. This inclination later brought him into direct conﬂict with General MacArthur and his brusque chief of staff, General Sutherland.
LeMay successfully led the formation ﬁrst to Natal, Brazil, then across the southern Atlantic and through the African desert, arriving safely with all three aircraft in Cairo, Egypt, while avoiding areas where the Germans controlled the air. 29 Between August and November of 1941 Brett worked with the various British agencies responsible for production and maintenance, recommending to General Arnold that American labor and facilities be established in England and Northern Ireland to handle the repair, assembly, and equipping of American aircraft.
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.
Airpower Leadership on the Front Line by LTC Douglas A Cox, Air University Press