Recommendation to read: “Is Warfighting Enough” by Richards and Vandergriff

“Is Warfighting Enough?” by Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) and Don Vandergriff (Major, USA, retired) — now available online in the February 2008 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette. The shelves of many libraries groan under the weight of articles calling for new ways of analyzing geopolitical and military issues.  In four pages this article shows …

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Geopolitical implications of the current economic downturn

Summary:  How will this recession end?  My guess:  with re-balancing of the global economy and a decline of the US dollar so that the our goods and services are again competitive.  No more trade deficit, we can pay our debts, and there will be no serious outflow of jobs. There are several schools of economic thinking about …

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Achilles' Heel

The Achilles’ Heel of military simulations

The rigging of the Millennium Challenge 2002 simulation echos events in the planning for the Vietnam War.  Chapter 21 of David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest describes the elaborate simulations run to prepare for our involvement in Vietnam, each involving weeks of preparation and conducted by senior military and civilian officials.  The first set did …

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Are war games a competitive edge of conventional forces vs. non-state 4GW foes?

I recommend reading the threat on military simulations that started here and has moved over to the DNI blog.  Some of the participants have considerable experience in this field.  Here are a few thoughts about the value of military simulations, esp. as a tool to accelerate the transformation of conventional military forces — their adaption …

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A recommendation to read these bulletins from the front!

In the 21st century financial wars, dollars replace bullets as shapers of the geopolitical picture.   Journalists, even analysts, do not yet see this change, hence their reports must be read with care.  These are important articles:   Overseas Investors Buy Aggressively in U.S. (NY Times)  and China turns risk averse as capital outflows (Financial Times).   They must be read carefully to get the …

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