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

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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

William Martel (RIP): On Grand Strategy

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William C. Martel (RIP)

William C. Martel (RIP)

The Making of Future American Grand Strategy

Fundamental Attributes of Grand Strategy: First, it defines the whys; Second, it encompasses all dimensions of policy and doctrine including the domains of operations and tactics (across all Cabinet mission areas); Third, it is never-ending; Fourth, it guides the state as it marshals all of its resources—human, political, economic, technological, and military, among others—to defend and promote its long-term interests; Fifth, it enables the balancing of ends and means while helping to avoid overreach; Sixth, it reflects a fundamental political, philosophical, and ideological unity among the state’s goals and policies.

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Nov 5

Richard Wright: Are Army Leaders Serious? Cannot Fight a Big War with 127,000 Net Net Soldiers

Richard Wright

Richard Wright

The sad fact is that flag level officers and their civilian overseers of all the military services appear unable or unwilling to exercise critical thinking and commitment to doing what should be their jobs.

Look at the U.S. Army: it is now down to between 425 and 450 thousand soldiers yet the army general staff still speaks of fighting multiple conventional wars, defending the U.S. Homeland, and tackling insurgencies. This is just plain silly.

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Nov 4