Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

Summary:  The West's post-9/11 wars in the Middle East have run down, but our involvement in Syria's civil war and the attacks by radical Islamists in American -- and the far larger Paris attacks -- have begun a new phase in this clash of civilizations. Before we attack, repeating the mistakes of the past 15 … Continue reading Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

Advice from Sun Tzu and John Boyd on winning at cyberwar

Summary: While we're enmeshed in 4th generation wars we don't know how to fight, (let alone win) a new form of conflict arrives. Least we repeat our feckless habit of fighting then thinking, let's develop strategies before serious clashes begin. Chet Richards helps us decide if the military classics can help us, or has new … Continue reading Advice from Sun Tzu and John Boyd on winning at cyberwar

How officers adapt to life in the Pentagon: they choose the blue pill.

Choose wisely, the red pill or the blue pill.

Summary: Our military is the sword of America. As described in the other posts in this series, years of corrosion have taken their toll on the institution at its center -- the Pentagon. Amazingly, most Americans remain unaware of this decay. Here's some eyewitness testimony, and a link to one of the best books describing … Continue reading How officers adapt to life in the Pentagon: they choose the blue pill.

How America can survive – even prosper – in the 21st century

Summary: This is one chapter a series about America's grand strategy, ways America can survive - even prosper - in an age of new rivals, where 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. Ideas that have worked in the past might guarantee failure today. See links at the end for the full … Continue reading How America can survive – even prosper – in the 21st century

Did we just surrender in the War on Terror?

Summary:  The United States cannot fight a war against radical Islamism and win.  That's obvious, but we're doing it anyway.  Here Chet Richards looks at our Grand Strategy as described by George Friedman of Stratfor. . There are those who will tell you that if you can’t sit in on meetings of our national security … Continue reading Did we just surrender in the War on Terror?