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I return, fairly sunburnt and weary, from the wedding of a close friend but, now, it is time to blog ! Starting with recommended reading:

RealClear Politics – “The Return of Authoritarian Great Powers

H-Diplo Op-Ed “Whither Iraq? A Commentary for Americans” by Dr. Sally Marks

Edge Perspectives – “Unanswered Questions at Supernova 2007

Thoughts Illustrated – “Trust Metrics for Social Networks

Thomas P.M. Barnett – “Army America needs versus the wars Americans prefer to wage

Pre-Boyd 2007 picks:

John Robb -“A PRIVATE SECTOR WAR IN IRAQ?” and “JOURNAL: Corporate Armies in Russia

Dan of tdaxp – “The Importance of 5GW” and “Describing the Military-Industrial-Sysadmin-Complex: How We Will Win the 5GW to Shrink the Gap

Armchair Generalist – “Overplaying The Bioterrorist Threat

While I do not agree with AG’s politics, his blog is excellent, particularly on CBW issues.

SWJ Blog Josh Manchester’sCounterinsurgents Should Consider A “Fabrication Cell” and Bing West’sInsurgent Media vs. The Strongest Tribe“.

Small Wars Journal publisher Bill Nagl has also issued a call for papers. I think we should take this seriously; there are many excellent ideas kicked around in rough form on listservs, on SWC threads and on blogs that are never carried downfield and get developed into a peer-reviewed or policy journal level of quality. That’s a shame.

Admittedly, I’m as guilty of this as anyone else, but let us, in the aftermath of Boyd 2007, try to give back by making a formal submission in the arena of ideas. If our work doesn’t make the cut, fine, at least we tried to give something back. Consider it.

That’s it

One Response to “”

  1. PurpleSlog Says:

    I really like the fabrication cell idea. It plays to America’s strength and allows for bottom-up ingenuity.

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