Last night, NBR gave me the opportunity to speak for a minute on the survey of WP graduates I conducted (video here, my commentary is near the very end), and is posting the report on their website as well.
SUSIE GHARIB: Where do corporate leaders come from? A new study shows many come from the military. Tim Kane did that study and shares his results tonight. He's a research fellow at the Kauffman Foundation.
The odds of a veteran becoming CEO of a major US company are roughly three times higher than non-veterans. That either means the military is overflowing with great leaders or it is mismanaging and driving away its best captains.
Let me share with you the results of a survey I conducted of 250 West Point graduates from the classes of 1989 thru 2004, recruited blindly.
93 percent say that half or more of the best officers leave the military early.
Do active duty officers agree? 81 percent do.
Two thirds believe their unit commander supports creative thinking, but say the personnel system is to blame for rewarding seniority over merit, failing to weed out weak officers, and poorly matching jobs with talent.
Get this, 55 percent want the personnel system radically reformed.
You can download the full report from NBR's website as of today: The Entrepreneurial Army: A Survey of West Point Graduates But if you're worried that Pentagon bureaucracy is harming national security, you're not alone. The graduates of West Point are worried, too. I'm Tim Kane.