Initially, I didn’t care for this salvo from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at all, and I was inclined to write a critical post. Then I read it a second time and decided that I was being put off more by some superficial rhetorical flourishes than what were the Admiral’s main substantive points, with which I essentially agreed. Admiral Mullen also deserves credit for modeling intellectual leadership by putting his own ideas into the arena rather than relying upon public affairs officers to issue bland statements in his name. This is exactly what we should see from our senior military officers – leadership!
That said, I will add that the earlier, historical, “natural”, synchronicity between word and deed to which Mullen alluded was because the United States operated from a coherent grand strategy, first the Open Door Policy and then after WWII, the Atlantic Charter and Containment Doctrine. We do not have any comparable elite consensus over grand strategy today which is (partially) why we have a mismatch between our message and our actions.
World Politics Review (John Robb) – Risk and Resilience in a Globalized Age: Containing Chaos
Tom, John and Jamais are staple reads for me. Dr. Barnett analyzes the Obama administration’s Hamelt-like effort to deconstruct the CIA’s clandestine division over Bush-era harsh interrogation-sliding into-torture. Robb and Cascio are engaged in very complementary, scenario/paradigm based futurism. Speaking of using scenarios, anyone hear from Art Hutchinson lately? His expertise is missed in the strategic blogosphere.
Federal Computer Week (Mark Drapeau) – Social-media bans miss the mark
Zero Intelligence Agents – What’s Wrong with the ‘Terrorist Facebook’
Excellent methodological take-down by Drew.
MountainRunner – Pushing Humpty Dumpty: the rebuilding of State
Agree with Matt. State needs rebuilding, not a paint job.
Coming Anarchy – The Party’s Over
Curzon on Japan’s election which has ended in a stunning landslide for the opposition.
Peters takes a break from his recent batshit insane televised meltdown to offer a cogent but ultimately flawed critique.
USNI Blog (FFry) – ‘Rescued’ Cargo Ship ARCTIC SEA Hijacked by the Russian Navy?
SWJ Blog (Adam Elkus) – Complexity, Defense Policy, and Epistemological Failure
Senor Elkus, en fuego.
Nice. It’s the yardstick, stupid. Shrewd dude.
Eide Neurolearning Blog – Positive Psychology Hits the Classroom
We will be hearing more about positive educational psychology due to an obscure (to the public) Federal education mandate known as RtI.
The New York Times (Motoko Rich) – The Future of Reading A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like (Hat tip Eddie)
As with many things, what is needed here is not either-or, but the sweet spot of “both”.
Scientific American – The Mysterious Downfall of the Neandertals
What happened to the “h”? SCIAM now requires a subscription to view content so this will probably my last link to them – enjoy your walled garden guys, as your online traffic devolves to about 20 % of your print subscribers.