Steven L. Ossad

writer, historian, technology analyst, and Wall Street staff ride guy

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Finalist, 2011 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award A hero who faced down Pancho Villa with only a pistol and turned the tide of battle during the Salerno Operation in late 1943, John Lucas discovered at Anzio that his comrades were more dangerous than his enemies.
Brevet Colonel, Commander of the 30th Indiana Volunteers, and recipient of the Medal of Honor - all by the age of 23 - Henry Lawton's career spanned four decades until he fell in battle "bringing democracy to a distant land."
Featured on the Center of Military History Civil War Website
The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Creator of the modern American Rangers, Darby led his men to great victories and a catastrophic defeat, but was always in the thick of the action.
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
Soldier, historian, biographer, memoirist, "novelist", and companion of Socrates, at the end of his life Xenophon wrote a small book proposing reform of the Athenian cavalry. A discussion of specific suggestions, the Hipparchicus reflects decades of the author's experience as an army commander. The wily survivor of battles, court intrigues, assassinations and staggering betrayals offers subtle insights on leadership - as well as observations valuable to modern theorists and practioners of the "mounted service" that will always resonate.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history - and the arche-type for maneuver warfare - pitted the war-hardened Hittites against a young, untested Pharaoh. The struggle that followed shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded by Rameses as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.
More than 3,500 years ago, Abraham, the leader of the Hebrews, led his battalion on a daring, long-distance, commando raid to rescue hostages. Hidden in a very brief passage of Genesis is the story of the first organized military action and victory of the Jewish people, a tale of courage, inspired leadership and battle far from their borders. It is as if God wrote the prequel to Operation THUNDERBALL, the Israel Defense Forces dramatic rescue of Jewish hostages at Entebbe, Uganda on July 4, 1976.
Does it make any sense to talk about a "philosophy of war?" What kinds of things would be discussed in such an academic sub-category? Whose works would make up the canon of study? On that point, why is it that Carl von Clausevitz's early 19th century book "On War" is virtually the only work generally accepted as a work of war philosophy? In a world where war is so common, why is there so little systematic examination of its "first principles?" These are only a few of the questions that spark this general inquiry.

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From the Editor: Independent historian Steven L. Ossad examines the life of West Point and World War II civil affairs icon Col. David Daniel "Mickey" Marcus. Known to our readers as the author of the excellent article "The Terrills of Virginia: Impossible Loyalties, Irreconcilable Differences," which appeared in the Spring 2014 issue (No. 91) of Army History, Ossad highlights the career of a man who would gain fame not only as an athlete at the U.S. Military Academy, but also as one of the primary architects of U.S. military civil affairs policy during World War II. Marcus would also go on to become the first Israeli Aluf (general) following the partition of Palestine and the only officer to be buried at West Point having died while fighting under the flag of a foreign nation. Immortalized in the 1966 movie Cast a Giant Shadow, Marcus' exploits gave rise to a large number of fictionalizations. Ossad sets the record straight, which in no way diminishes the legend of this extraordinary individual.

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Steve has focused his writing career on biography and command (from brigade to Army Group), under-studied heroes and battles, the lessons of failure, and applying applicable military leadership training models to the C-suite.

He was recently awarded an Army War College General and Mrs Matthew Ridgway Military History Award for work on Omar Bradley as well as the 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for "Command Failures: Lessons Learned from Lloyd R. Fredendall”, Army Magazine, March 2003.

Steve grew up after World War II listening to veterans’ and wives’ stories and developed a passion for military history, especially about his parents’ war. Several experiences over decades led him to the 3rd Armored "Spearhead" Division veterans' association.

Under their auspices, he wrote a biography of their wartime commander, Major General Maurice Rose: World War II’s Greatest Forgotten Commander (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). It tells the incredible story of that hero, one of our greatest tank commanders, the son and grandson of Rabbis, who was killed while surrendering at the end of the war.

Steve's work has appeared in Army History, World War II, America’s Civil War, Military Heritage, WW II History, and Military History Magazines, Wharton Leadership Digest,, CNBC Guest Author Blog, and is featured on the US Army's Civil War Commemoration website.

For more than two decades, Steve worked as a sell-side technology analyst on Wall Street following dozens of companies in the PC, Disk Drive, and Electronics Manufacturing Services industries, publishing research on giants like Apple, Dell, and Seagate, as well as the unknown companies that make the guts of our most familiar products.

He worked with legendary entrepreneurs, business-school trained managers, investment bankers, portfolio, hedge fund, and private equity investors who created our mobile social media culture - continually evaluating them against history’s great captains.

Steve formed APPLIED BATTLEFIELD CONCEPTS LLC, to adopt the US military's Leadership Development technology for use by CEO's and HR Managers.

Prior to his Wall Street career, Steve worked for five years as a clinical laboratory instrument product manager. He holds a BA with Honors in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, an MA degree in the History of Political Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. The Honors Thesis is titled: "A New Look at Plato's Apology: What is the Philosopher?", 1970

He is also a decent baker and has perfected Laya's Marble Cake and Gussie's Pletzel cookies.

Updated January 18, 2016