John M. Gillette

John Gillette is a former infantry officer and private sector business owner with ‘on the ground’ experience from Viet Nam to Afghanistan.  He recently completed a two year tour as a member of the first team deployed under the Minister of Defense Advisors (MODA) program.   In Afghanistan he served as the senior advisor to an Afghan Major General with whom he traveled extensively within the country.  His length and breadth of experience across more than forty years offers candid, passionate insights of the pitfalls to success he has seen repeated again and again, the actual state of our mission today and what we must do in order to be successful in the future.

Afghanistan required a different approach yet we failed in our analysis, strategy, and application of resources.

We collect lessons learned, but do we learn from the lessons collected?