Q: Have you heard from Powell since the book was published?
A: I haven't, and I'm a little bit surprised because I've written some other op-eds recently (in The Hill and The Seattle Times) that have criticisms of him. The book was only published two months ago, and hasn’t had a major review yet. If that were to happen, it might spark a reaction of self-defense, and that might be when I hear from him.
Q: How do you balance teaching, writing, traveling, your board service with an alumni-founded gaming software firm, etc.?
A: As I tell my students, it's about time management, discipline, and work ethic. I really manage my calendar in terms of allotting certain days or certain weeks to these various subsets of my life. When we're in the semester at the university, teaching is certainly the priority, and that's always got to be predominant over everything else. In the summer, it switches. When I'm not teaching, then the research becomes predominant. It's about finding that balance and also creating time for relaxation. That’s key, too, but even that's planned.
Q: What's your next big project?
A: The working title of the next book is Bad Generals. In the last five years, there's been over a hundred American generals or admirals who have been disciplined, demoted, or even jailed after being fired. There seems to be a crisis of leadership at that level, so I'm writing this book to show there is a contemporary problem in the military, but it's not new; there's also a historical backdrop to these kinds of problems. It's looking at people at the general officer rank and examining the different ways they've gone awry and the different kinds of misconduct.