Secretary Robert Gates on PowerPoint: The Terror

From the department of Everyone Hates PowerPoint

While speaking to West Point cadets, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates described PowerPoint (and other mind-numbing tasks that sound like they came from job descriptions I’ve had) as one of the biggest threats to the future of the military:

A decade of constant conflict has trained a junior officer corps with exceptional leadership skills, he told the cadets, but the Army may find it difficult in the future to find inspiring work to retain its rising commanders as it fights for the money to keep large, heavy combat units in the field.

“Men and women in the prime of their professional lives, who may have been responsible for the lives of scores or hundreds of troops, or millions of dollars in assistance, or engaging or reconciling warring tribes, may find themselves in a cube all day re-formatting PowerPoint slides, preparing quarterly training briefs, or assigned an ever-expanding array of clerical duties,” Mr. Gates said. “The consequences of this terrify me.”

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