Based at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, this program examines the actions and decisions of many key leaders in the critical engagements that shaped the outcome of WWII in the Pacific. From Midway to Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Leyte Gulf, and little-known Buna-Gona, Allied and Japanese commanders demonstrated how aligned teams and mission focus amidst ambiguity and chaos drive organizational agility (or the lack thereof) to shape results. Case studies are explored in state-of-the-art museum settings and in exhibits in neighboring facilities.
The leadership focus of this program follows the actions of the Allied response to Japanese aggression and expansion in the Pacific prior to 1942. In dramatically different scenarios, the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the organizations involved hinged on the ability of leaders to adapt quickly and decisively to change, effectively empower subordinates, leverage available intelligence to gain a competitive advantage, forge alignment across internal boundaries, and harness diverse capabilities in an aligned direction.