Climate: The national security aspect

[ by Charles Cameron -- some personal background, a roundtable video,  DOD's 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, and further readings ] . ** Although I’ve been interested in religious responses to ecological issues since the 1980s, when my friend (and Friend) Marshall Massey proposed the creation of a Quaker environmental organization, I suppose I first […] Read more »

What We Are Reading … June 26, 2014

Daily News Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit Oliver Holmes and Isabel Coles / Reuters Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Government says […]

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What We Are Reading… May 30, 2014

Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind Jean-Claude Juncker for the next European commission leader, dealing a blow to David Cameron's attempts to block Luxembourg's former prime minister from taking up the role.

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In Praise of Charles Cameron

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] I am not sure how many of the readers ever make it to the “About” page, but there are blurbs for all of the bloggers here, done in my usual ad hoc style. This is what it reads for Charles Cameron: Charles Cameron,  has also posted at Small Wars Journal, All Things Counterterrorism, for [...] Read more »

Miscik 2004, Gerecht 2013

[ by Charles Cameron -- on the exclusion of worldviews not consonant with grey suits and security clearances ] . These two persons are likely being polite. ** I’m wondering how any people at State or in the Agency or wherever know what it feels like to be one of the flagellants in Iran during [...] Read more »

Book Mini-Review: Makers: the New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson  This is a fun book  by the former editor-in-chief of WIRED , author of The Long Tail and the co-founder of 3D Robotics, Chris Anderson. Part pop culture, part tech-optimist futurism and all DIY business book, Anderson is preaching a revolution, one brought about by the intersection of 3D printing and open source “Maker [...] Read more »

“Sustaining” your Way to Serfdom as a Grand Strategy

Friend of the blog, commenter L.C. Rees, likes to point out that one of the most important part of a grand strategy, particularly one that is maintained despite evidence of being a geopolitical failure, are the domestic political effects that work to the advantage of the faction supporting it.  In my view, grand strategy usually [...] Read more »

Bouleversé by forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron -- not just "thinking outside the box" -- how about upending the whole thing and seeing what shakes out? ] . . A celebrated stanza by the Indian poet-saint Kabir — beloved of both Hindus and Muslims — asks: Is there any guru in the world wise enough to understand the [...] 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 »

A Tale of Two Victories and Two Falls

My co-blogger Charles Cameron is fond of his “DoubleQuotes” postings that feature frequently uncomfortable juxtapositions designed to prod thinking. Here’s a wordier one from me: ….Planning for a second term has been under way for months, with Lew and Pete Rouse, the counselor to the president and Obama’s internal management guru, preparing lists of possible [...] Read more »