Greg Lindsey is the Senior Military Analyst at CPG. Katie Smith sits down with him to discuss his contributions and achievements.
Hi Greg, can you start off by telling us a little bit about your educational background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Leo University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tampa.
What was your career like before you got to CPG?
I spent 20 years in the Army as an Infantryman. Most of it was in light infantry units and the 75th Ranger Regiment. I spent the first 7 years as an Enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) then I went to Officer’s candidate school and served my last 13 years as an Infantry officer. I was involved in most major operations beginning with Panama in 1989 through the current conflict in Afghanistan.
After my retirement from the Army and prior to CPG, I worked with another defense firm, COLGEN LP as a Director of Operations and Project Manager and I served on the board for the American Land Forces Institute.
What were your main roles and responsibilities in the Service?
As an Officer and NCO I spent as much time as I could in leadership positions. Some of the positions included Squad leader, Platoon Leader, and Company Commander, to name a few. When I wasn’t in command positions I served in different staff position that dealt with operational planning and training soldiers. For example, after two tours as a Platoon Leader in the 25th Infantry division I served as an operations officer for an ROTC Battalion, and after commanding two companies in the 101st Airborne Division I served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer.
As the primary scenario designer at CPG, have you found that these previous leadership roles have helped you in scenario design?
I think coming up through the ranks and serving as a squad leader then subsequently commanding Platoons and Companies gives me the unique perspective on all the nuances of how a squad and small unit functions. I was able to see the importance of the human dimension side of being a squad leader, first hand. You know battlefields, enemies, and technology change but the nature of conflict remains the same. Squad leaders today in Afghanistan and Iraq face the same types of decision-making dilemmas that squad leaders fighting in France 68 years ago did. We’ve learned that training the human, cultural, and cognitive dimensions of warfare are just as important as tactical and technical proficiency and I try to bring these to the scenarios I develop.
When developing these scenarios, do you have a source of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from knowing that what I do has an impact on the development of small unit leaders in our Army and Marine Corps. Having served as a Squad Leader myself many years ago, then serving as a Platoon Leader and Commander, I know it is important that what I produce is current and relevant for their training.
As a veteran scenario designer, what kind of advice would you have for someone who is just starting work in this area?
My advice would be to stay current with what is going on in the military and around the world. Military doctrine and tactics are constantly evolving and you have to be current with those changes. Stay in touch with friends that are still serving. Keep yourself informed with events happening around the globe and not just things our military is involved in. Don’t rely solely on news from television and print. Social media and blogs are also a good source. Overall, find many avenues to get accurate and relevant information to stay current.
Now let’s switch gears a little and get to know the real Greg. Beyond your work at CPG, how do you like to spend your free time?
Outdoors and away from my cell phone. I’ve been coaching youth baseball since I retired from the Army. It’s the best job I’ve had other than being a Soldier so I’ll keep doing that. If I’m not on the ball field you can find me on the golf course. I try to supplement my income there but end up in the red sometimes! Also, I’ve learned to dance and my wife and I enjoy that together. And, of course, I enjoy living in Florida. I get to hang out on the beach and spend time with my family.
Sounds like an active lifestyle!
Pretend you weren’t working at CPG (I know that’s hard to do). What do you think you would be doing instead?
I’ve always imagined spending a year or so sailing around the Caribbean.
Well, at CPG we hope that one day you can take that amazing sailing trip and maybe invite a few of us! Thanks for allowing our readers to get to know you a little bit better and thanks for being such a great asset to CPG.