Gunther Sonnenfeld: Transition Truths

Gunther Sonnenfeld

Gunther Sonnenfeld

Phi Beta Iota: We are glad to introduce a new contributing editor, a very big mind on the bleeding edge of evolutionary change toward creating a prosperous world at peace. His home page in cyberspace is http://exileleadership.com/.

Happy New Life

Welcoming constant transition, flipping the bird at time, and taking ownership of important life choices…

The following is a curated short-list of writings that reflect my commitment to possibility, through actions, experiments and ways to access the unknown unknowns.

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May 13

Fair Observer: The Paris Tragedy and the End of Strategic Thinking

Categories: Strategy

logo fair observerThe Paris Tragedy and the End of Strategic Thinking

EXTRACT

Many serious commentators have noticed that since 2001, the most active Western governments in the War on Terror and their public media have stopped bothering with the subtleties of strategy, replacing it with two approaches to their staging of the public drama, both borrowed from Hollywood: First, what I call the casting or the shifting game of alliances between traditional nations who agree to be complicit in war devoid of strategy. And second, the reframing of the conflict as a simple moral tale, a struggle between good and evil.  Announce the stars and frame the drama.

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Nov 18

OpenDemocracy: Robert Steele, American Intelligence and National Defense 2.0

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Robert David Steele 10 November 2015

An Open Source (Technologies) Agency, far removed from the secret intelligence world, would radically reduce wars and illegal immigration, increase trade and shared prosperity, and convert the USA into a “Smart Nation”.

On 06/17/11, I wrote the first installment of National intelligence and national defense, published at the Campaign for Liberty, suggesting that we could both cut the secret intelligence budget by three quarters, and radically increase the amount of open source decision-support (as opposed to secret mass surveillance).

Of course nothing happened, but now, to my enormous delight, I am hearing that there is a very tentative discussion in some of the darkest corners of the US government of a proposal to terminate three of the secret agencies that reside within the Department of Defense (DoD) – the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Geospatial Agency (NGA). This should happen, if not in the closing year of the Obama Administration, then in 2017 under the first Independent president and a diversified Congress in which Independents, Greens, and Libertarians and others (e.g. Constitution, Working Families) win the 20-30 seats being vacated.

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Nov 11