The Defense and that National Interest website gets some ink

It's nice to see the New York Times quote a real expert when discussing modern warfare, instead of the posers they usually interview.  It's well-deserved attention to DNI. From the "Morning Skim: Torture Foiled Nothing", Eric Etheridge, posted at The Opinionator (a blog of the New York Times), 23 April 2009 -- Excerpt: Defense and the … Continue reading The Defense and that National Interest website gets some ink

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Are Americans easily panicked cowards? I think not, but many experts disagree.

This question was raised during a few rounds of cyber tennis between two experts on 4th generation warfare, Chet Richards and John Robb -- posting at their websites Defense and the National Interest and Global Guerrillas.  This being an open game in which any number can play, this post discusses one aspect of their debate.  … Continue reading Are Americans easily panicked cowards? I think not, but many experts disagree.

What should we do about Somalia?

Introduction:  Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) originally posted at Defense and the National Interest.  Everything he writes is worth reading; this is one of his best. Beats hell out of me.  First, it’s not clear that there really is a Somalia — the CIA World Factbook identifies the Republic of Somaliland and a self-declared autonomous … Continue reading What should we do about Somalia?

What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy

Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention.  His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always.  However, I have a few suggestions -- minor changes to make  it better suit the current situation and needs of America.  (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised … Continue reading What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy