Anybody who has spent significant time with military officers will know that they are often smart, ambitious, patriotic people. Yet, at the same time the military as a whole is a slow and clumsy organization. Why? The American military uses an incentive system that rewards conformity and mediocrity, and actively punishes people doing what they love. The military attracts the best, but in order to survive in the 21st century, it will have to keep them satisfied in their jobs, not make them bureaucratic zombies. Read the rest at the Atlantic.