Going for an odd juxtaposition today.
Let’s be very clear. Google will be to the Obama administration what Halliburton and Blackwater combined were to the Bush II administration…and maybe then some. That doesn’t make Google “evil”, some of what the search engine giant desires from the USG is good policy but it means that those watching the intersection of politics, public policy and technology need to give Google below the radar scrutiny in order to be ahead of the curve.
MountainRunner – Noteworthy
Check out the link to WindowonEurasia ( hat tip Galrahn ). This fits the growing “neo-Eurasianism” ideology of the Siloviki clique around Putin.
Haft of the Spear – Book Update
I will post on this topic when it goes “live” on Amazon.
Global Guerillas – PROTECTION RACKETS
An interesting analysis by John Robb on the nature of the state.
Conversations with History – Niall Ferguson
Committee of Public Safety – Neglected Strategists: Kautilya, the Arthashastra, the Spectrum of Power, and 5GW
An introduction to the Machiavelli of India ( China’s Machiavelli was Han Fei-tzu )
Network theory’s great figure and cutting edge thinkers.
On Networks and Time:
“Time-Dependent Complex Networks: Dynamic Centrality, Dynamic Motifs, and Cycles of Social Interaction*” by Dr. Dan Braha and Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam
This stretched my brain and I’m not qualified to vet the work BUT for military/intel types, this research implies IMHO that “targeted assassinations” or less than total war “EBO” campaigns may only have transient effects or at least less effect than expected because the dynamic nature of nodal roles gives the network more resiliency than a casual analysis might lead one to believe. Shane and Dr. Von are cordially invited to weigh in and correct me here.
Logic and Emotion – Thinking Visually