Bruce Kesler –“Existential Defeatism” Abroad and at Home
….Restraint in foreign engagements, particularly military, is certainly to be prized unless clear US national interests, mechanisms, and follow-through plans are pretty clearly present, and articulated by our national political leaders so necessary to domestic support. However, instead, what we’ve increasingly seen is muddling and disparagement of the very concept of US national interests, substituting outright negativity, conceptual distractions, and refusal to actively engage unless elusive or impossible international consensus is reached, to include Russia and China who aren’t shy about exerting themselves actively in opposition to US or Western interests. In effect, as well, the US and Western Europe have too often abandoned its moral core, as well, to the favor of those who don’t share it or deride or hate it.
Kings of War (David Betz) –My correct views on COIN and Beyond the Cloister Redux: A Case for the Militarisation of Higher Education*
….But I digress, the point is that it cuts both ways: You can’t educate good strategists without acculturating them to certain military realities, which I think at present we really aren’t doing very well. How can we trust people to make good strategic evaluations if we don’t equip them with some technical familiarity with the instruments of military power and bolster their sense of judgment with extra lashings of military history? A strategist who doesn’t grasp details, let alone one who is contemptuous of them, is going to be a bad strategist.
Anne-Marie Slaughter –Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
….Yet the decision to step down from a position of power—to value family over professional advancement, even for a time—is directly at odds with the prevailing social pressures on career professionals in the United States. One phrase says it all about current attitudes toward work and family, particularly among elites. In Washington, “leaving to spend time with your family” is a euphemism for being fired.
Venkat Rao –Analysis-Paralysis and The Sensemaking Trap
Small Wars Journal –Things I Learned from People Who Tried to Kill Me
John Seely Brown, Douglas Thomas – Learning for a World of Constant Change: Homo Sapiens, Homo Faber & Homo Ludens revisited
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Carl Prine – Hank III kicks ass!!!
Command Posts –DOCTRINE MAN!! SAVING THE WORLD WITHOUT A PLAN