Sullivan: Focus on the future, ‘don’t tilt at windmills.’ 

10/21/2013 12:00 AM 

The Army must prepare for the next conflict and avoid pining for resources that won’t come, according to Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, president of the Association of the United States Army.  

“You can’t tilt at windmills,” Sullivan said, during AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition. “We must prepare for the next conflict, the next mission.” 

Sullivan stated that focusing too much on desires for a larger force with larger resources was detrimental to winning the future.

“Yeah it would be nice,” Sullivan said about a larger, greater-funded force. “But we’re not going to be. So we’ve got to get on with it.” 

Sullivan stated that this most recent Army transformation differs from the Army’s transition after the First Gulf War. 

“Don’t worry what’s going on in Washington,” he added.

Sullivan spoke during a noncommissioned officers professional development forum Oct. 21 

“I’ve been in the Army a long time, since 1955, in one form or another,” Sullivan said. “The people who influenced me the most were the noncommissioned officers.”

According to Sullivan, noncommissioned officers work with the Army’s most important weapons system: people, “young men and women who are willing to say ‘Hey, look at me. I can do this. I can be an American soldier.’”

Sullivan added that “What’s going to win in the future is the same thing that’s going to win in the past: noncommissioned officers who are well-conditioned leaders.”