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January 2013

Bringing the Boardroom to the Battlefield

Corporate Staff Ride NEWSLETTER VMI's Cadets Go on a Virtual Reality Staff Ride to Afghanistan

July 28, 2013

Virtual Leadership Staff Ride: Operation Anaconda and the Battle of Roberts Ridge
Moody Hall, Activities Room, First Floor

The Virtual Staff Ride/Virtual Leadership Seminar is an experiential learning and training exercise that seeks to teach the influence of terrain on tactical decision-making. The VSR/VLS exploits the use of historical documents such as maps, photographs, memoirs, and videos that are integrated with current tools that cadets use often, such as Google Earth. The VSR/VLS is not a lecture; instructors employ the Socratic method by posing problems to cadets to enable them to think for themselves rather than to merely dictate a “school solution.” Cadets are engaged in dialogues about tactical decision-making by the instructor; the instructor guides the cadets what to think about, not what to think.

Host: COL James M. Eicher, Virginia Military Institute

Strategic & Tactical Views

Paul Barron, Director of Library & Archives, George C. Marshall Foundation

Paul Barron is the Director of the Library and Archives at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he earned a MS in library and information science in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin. His interest is integration of information technology to enhance learning.

Major James Cook, Virginia Military Institute.

Jim Cook is the Senior Military Science Instructor for the Army ROTC Program at VMI. He is a retired Army Aviator who was deployed to combat in Afghanistan. He serves as the Executive Director to Rockbridge Family Services, a private, non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and support for the local population with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mr. Cook also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board to help prevent and treat mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and to enhance the quality of life of individuals who experience these conditions in the Cities of Buena Vista and Lexington and the Counties of Rockbridge and Bath, Virginia by providing individualized treatments, establishing and expanding programs and support systems, and promoting integration into the community.


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An intensive, experiential learning-based, leadership exercise conducted on the site of the "bloodiest day" in American history. The battle ended all hope of foreign intervention and was a major strategic Union victory, but the decisions, indecision, blunders, and perfectly calculated risks are a rich source for studying leadership in action at the pinnacle.
Structured around the Saratoga Campaign, 1777, this staff ride explores the most decisive strategic encounter of the Revolution, pitting the vainglorious, but diversely talented British General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne against the flagrantly ambitious and resentful Northern Continental Army commander, Gen. Horatio Gates. Minutes from Albany in an almost untouched condition amid beautiful surrounding (and manifold attractions).