Leadership in the Defense and Security Sector in the 21st Century

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 21, Issue 1, p.5-9 (2022)


authoritarianism, capabilities-based defense planning, China military leadership, culture, Hofstede, human resource management, Indo-Pacific, NATO School Oberammergau, neo-authoritarianism, Russia- Ukraine war, Taiwan


This editorial article introduces the reader to the rationale for revisiting the subject of leadership in the defense and security sector, highlights the challenges of analyzing the topic during the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine, and then presents the content of this special issue of Connections: The Quarterly Journal. The contributors address diverse topics, such as the elicitation of desired leadership traits on the basis of the curricula of selected courses of the NATO School Oberammergau, the experience of China in introducing Western leadership concepts in the education and training of future military leaders, the experience of Ukraine in leading the enhancement of human resource management in the ministry of defense as part of the capabilities-based planning process, and the dangers for Ukraine in falling into the trap of authoritarian leadership during the current war with Russia. Three additional articles examine the interconnections between leadership in communication, respectively, in Hungary’s law enforcement organizations, the impact on organizational design, and the role of strategic narratives in Taiwan’s soft power and its positioning in the Indo-Pacific region.