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Top Billing! Dave Dilegge at SWJ Thoughts on the “New Media”

Quite a collection that Dave has compiled on the role Web 2.0/New media have “revolutionized” the “lessons learned” process for the U.S. military, featuring commentary from Spencer Ackerman, Tom Barnett, Janine Davidson, Andrew Exum, Grim, Judah Grunstein, Dave Kilcullen, Raymond Pritchett, Mark Safranski, Herschel Smith, Starbuck, Michael Tanji, and Michael Yon. An honor for me to be included in such a group. 

UPDATED !!: As many people read this post on Monday rather than Sunday, I am adding a few more items:

Whirledview (CKR ) –  Great Powers

Red Herringsthe bookshelf: great powers by thomas p.m. barnett

Reviews of Great Powers: America and the World After Bush by two blogfriends and co-authors who differ on the merits of Tom’s work. Cheryl is the more critical and likes certain aspects or concepts much more than the overall book. Adrian calls the book ” Outstanding” but takes great issue with the title itself.

MountainRunnerIt is time to create a center for public diplomacy discourse and research  and PD20.org  and Comparing the Areas of Responsibility of State and Defense (Updated)

 Matt Armstrong’s efforts to upgrade the status and practice of public diplomacy – as well as to drag it into the 21st century – have been sustained and increasingly impressive. For all the complaining about bloggers just talking, Matt is an example of making the jump to real world action, from educating the media and members of Congress about Smith-Mundt to the recent White Oak Recommendations. I’m certain that PD2O.org will become, in time, the Small Wars Journal of public diplomacy, as Matt intends. And I will be an early member there, when the forum opens, just as I was at the SWC. I encourage you to be there as well and turbo-charge the launch.

Project White HorseRC#25 Resilient Communities and Actionable Intelligence (Part 1) 

I should have brought this forum to the attention of readers earlier when I was first contacted by Ed Beakley of Project White Horse, unfortunately I was totally buried at the time at work, school,  and with side projects and I never attended to it. Some important thinkers are involved in the discussions there on resilient communities and related subjects, including Col. GI Wilson, Lt. John Sullivan, Fabius Maximus and senior officers from several militaries.

Opposed Systems DesignBiddle on Future Warfare

Dr. Steven Biddle, who was in discussion with Col. TX Hammes, comes out in favor of Frank Hoffman’sHybrid War” scenario as a basis for planning assumptions.

Zero Intelligence AgentsNetworks and ‘Implication for Network Centric Warfare’

Drew Conway on the further evolution of the Big Cebrowski’s theoretical legacy in a paper by Dr. Jessica Glicken Turnley on NCW.

FuturejackedThe Elites Must Be Brain Dead

A very intriguing story from the perspective of societal legitimacy and elite behavior.

Don VandergriffOn linear Education by Gary Gagliardi of The Science of Strategy Institute

I disagree with some of Gary’s characterization of Dewey but his larger point regarding linearity in publlic education is correct. If anything, he could have expanded further.

Historyguy99Afghanistan and Failed States

On failed state repair moreso than Afghanistan, whose natural condition is a weak, legitimist, Pushtun state and the inhabitants like it that way. We should have just restored  Zahir Shah.

NewScientist.comDid aversion to bitter tastes evolve into moral disgust?

A little Ev-psych.

That’s it !

5 Responses to “Recommended Reading”

  1. tdaxp Says:

    Could you say more about Dewey?

  2. andrewdb Says:

    Note that FPRI puts up podcasts of some of their stuff (but not an RSS feed to them) here:


    The Biddle/Hammes cage match is one of them.

  3. Arherring Says:

    Thanks for the link!
    As my grandfather always said, I don’t care what you call me, just don’t call me late for dinner. 😉

  4. zen Says:

    Hi Dan,
    Dewey was certainly politically Left-Progressive and a philosophical pragmatist, so while he fits in with the thrust of the social reform angle the author was going for, the linear thinking, not so much. The article left an impression with me that the author associates Dewey with the Lancasterian system and Taylorism in the classroom. That’s not the Dewey I recall.
    Hi Andrewdb,
    hi Arherring,

  5. ArianaMefe Says:

    hi, thanks,The article was very well written, very helpful to me

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