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The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Developing a Culture of Innovation Lt. Col. Curtis D. Taylor, U.S. Army, and Maj. Nathan K. Finney, U.S. Army The official White House portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower. ( James Anthony Wills) Lt. Col. Curtis D. Taylor is an armor officer assigned to the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as the commander of 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment in Paktika, Afghanistan and Grafenwoehr, Germany. He holds an MMAS. Previous assignments include tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maj. Nathan K. Finney is an Army strategist and former armor officer currently serving in the National Capital Region. He was a founding board member of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. Maj. Finney holds two M.P.A. degrees from Harvard University and the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Previous assignments include tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great performance. —Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t O n a chilly afternoon in October 1920, two young officers who shared a duplex at Fort Meade, Maryland gathered with their wives for a leisurely dinner that likely changed the course of American history. For years, these two officers held an 44 unpopular, almost heretical view—that tanks, used with only limited success in World War I, held the key to victory in any future ground war in Europe. Their names were Capt. Dwight Eisenhower and Maj. George Patton. Both officers had suffered criticism for their ideas. In Eisenhower’s case, his 1920 article in Infantry Journal about armored forces won him a stern condemnation from the chief of infantry, who assured him that his unorthodox opinion guaranteed a career climax as the head coach of the Fort Meade intramural July-August 2014  MILITARY REVIEW