Does America need a charismatic President?

Comment posted by Yours Truly:  "Cathryn has some very insightful views, but it's gonna be really hard to implement this in an age where everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE (not just Americans), LOVES MONEY MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF. ... The United States will need a President with a lot of character and charisma to get things … Continue reading Does America need a charismatic President?

Dark origins of the new COIN manual, FM 3-24

Summary:  A follow-up to this post about the use of social science language and concepts in FM 3-24.  They provide useful terminology, but at the cost of either weakening the beliefs of our troops or giving them a "grey net of abstraction to cover the world in order to simplify and explain it in a way that is … Continue reading Dark origins of the new COIN manual, FM 3-24

A key to the power of FM 3-24, the new COIN manual

FM 3-24 provides a basis for DoD's people to describe a society. This is sketched out under "Describe the Effects of the Operational Environment" (3-16 through 3-65+) using standard social science definitions. This is valuable, as we cannot describe that for which we lack the words, and clear language promotes clear thinking.  Ths post discusses … Continue reading A key to the power of FM 3-24, the new COIN manual