DMA Arts & Letters Live: General Jim Mattis
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time, and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat marine, is a clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world.
Mattis will discuss his storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Recounting his foundational experiences as a leader, Mattis extracts the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas, and short-sighted thinking, now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.
Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.