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LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROBERT S. FROST’s military career includes operational and staff duties in both the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army via Officer Candidate School in 1980. Following paratrooper and engineer officer training, he served as a combat engineer platoon leader in the 2d Infantry Division in Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Frost’s commission was subsequently transferred to the Air Force, where he served as an Air Force civil engineer at Reese Air Force Base, before being selected for USAF pilot training, which he completed in 1983. His flying assignments include Air Training Command T-37 instructor pilot duty at Reese Air Force Base; Military Airlift Command C-130E “Hercules” aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner duties at Little Rock Air Force Base; and Air Mobility Command KC-10 “Extender” flying duties, where he was both the 305th Air Mobility Wing Chief of Safety and subsequently the Commander of the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base. He has flown operational missions in support of numerous worldwide contingencies, including Operations DESERT SHIED and DESERT STORM. Lieutenant Colonel Frost’s previous staff assignments include a tour in the Air Staff’s Directorate of Logistics Plans and Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Engineering, as well as in the Directorate of Plans, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base. Lieutenant Colonel Frost is currently the Chief of Rated Force Policy, Directorate of Personnel Force Management, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters United States Air Force. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College resident program at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1992, as well as the U.S. Army War College in 1999.
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Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Frost.
The author makes it clear that he is not interested in throwing out the old tried and true existing Principles of War, he only wants thought given to their expansion to include a principle of Flexibility. After all, the hallmark of the course of instruction at the U.S. Army War College is the new environment in which its graduates should expect to operate--an environment that we at the War College characterize as vague, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. In such an environment, the author argues, Flexibility must be an operating principle, and it would serve all the services well to recognize it as such.