That sort of cultural approach in the military — of the leader as super-human and not in need to rest — is a mistake, and our military leaders must recognize that to make the right decisions — ethical, moral and tactical - they must regard sleep as a weapon that strengthens and enhances their performance as surely as the latest technology. Rested commanders are the best commanders.
"Military commanders must think of sleep as a weapon that they can deploy. This means that the decision maker — the captain of the ship, the commander of the infantry battalion, the pilot of the jet aircraft — must be afforded the opportunity to gain sufficient rest. This often means providing him or her with space and time simply to sleep."