Military Reform through Education

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Don Vandergriff facilitating Adaptive Soldier/Leader exercises at Fort Benning Fred Leland at LESC Blog recently had a guest post up by Dan Grazier from the Project on Government Oversight regarding the important work Don Vandergriff is doing to reform professional military education and training: Military Reform Through Education: From The […] Read more »

For whom the bell Dengs, it Dengs for Lee

[rang by Lynn C. Rees] Elite mouthpiece Charlie Rose once asked former Singapore Prime Minister Lee “Harry” Kuan Yew which of the many, many, many, many world leaders he’d met in his long, long, long, long career he most admired. Lee chose Chairman of the Central Advisory Commission of the Chinese Communist Party Deng Syauping. […] Read more »

Aircraft Carriers and Maritime Strategy – a debate

[by J. Scott Shipman] Last Friday night at the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Captain Henry “Jerry” Hendrix and Commander Bryan McGrath debated the future of the aircraft carrier. My wife and I were fortunate to attend. Given the pressure placed on the Navy’s shipbuilding budget, the debate could not have been more timely. Commander […] Read more »

A Low Visibility Force Multiplier – a recommendation

[by J. Scott Shipman]                         A Low Visibility Force Multiplier, Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions, Dennis M. Gormley, Andrew S. Erickson, Jingdong Yuan Through an interesting turn of events I was able to attend an event at the Center for a New American Security [...] Read more »

Lind on “the Navy’s Intellectual Seppuku”

William Lind had a very important piece regarding an extraordinarily ill-considered move by the Navy brass: The Navy Commits Intellectual Seppuku  The December, 2013 issue of the Naval Institute’s Proceedings contains an article, “Don’t Say Goodbye to Intellectual Diversity” by Lt. Alexander P. Smith, that should receive wide attention but probably won’t. It warns of a policy [...] Read more »

Narco-cartels as MBAs Doing 4GW

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]   Yale organizational behaviorist Rodrigo Canales has an interesting talk on the Narco-insurgency in Mexico ( which he correctly sees as having been as lethal as Syria’s civil war). While this won’t be news to close students of Mexico’s cartel wars, Canales explains how Los Zeta, La Familia, Knights Templar and Sinaloa [...] Read more »

Heavy breathing on the line: The words of the prophets are written in the circuit switching

[dots connected by Lynn C. Rees] Sigh What did Lucius Aemilius Paullus know and when did he know it? The path inaugurated by that question follows a specific route. A route is lit up by every move you make and every step you take. At least if online. In the beginning there was the circuit… It [...] Read more »

Madness, Mass Shootings and an Open Society

     Everyone in America has seen the latest results of another dangerously mentally ill loner with family members who were in denial about the severity of his condition or disconnected from him. The killer, Adam Lanza, shot shot his own mother in the face before slaughtering twenty elementary school children and the heroic teachers and [...] Read more »

New Book: The Violent Image by Neville Bolt

The Violent Image by Neville Bolt  Columbia University Press just sent me a review copy of The Violent Image, by Dr. Neville Bolt of King’s College vaunted War Studies Department.  Initially, I was amused by the colorful book jacket, but flipping through, it belies a very weighty, heavily footnoted, academic exploration of the iterative relationship [...] Read more »

An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941 — a review-lite and a few questions

[by J. Scott Shipman] An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941, by Charles E. Kirkpatrick Mr. Kirkpatrick’s little book provides an excellent primer to the formulation of the United States’ WWII strategy and a refreshing insight into the education of an master strategist, the focus of this post. At [...] Read more »