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

A step to getting an effective military. We might need it soon.

Summary:  This post about the decayed state of the US military and its prospects for reform brings us full circle, describing the problem and a step on the path of reform. Although losing wars has not damaged America yet, let's not tempt fate by delaying repair to our lavishly funded and massive forces. We can … Continue reading A step to getting an effective military. We might need it soon.

Why the Pentagon would rather hire a jihadist like bin Laden than reformer Donald Vandergriff.

Summary:  Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW discussed James Fallows' brilliant idea of appointing military reformer Donald Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired) to a key post at the Pentagon. Today's two posts discuss why that would be important, and why it … Continue reading Why the Pentagon would rather hire a jihadist like bin Laden than reformer Donald Vandergriff.

Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW.

Summary: Our defeats since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan again show the need to reforge the US military for a time when 4GW has become the dominant form of war. James Fallows proposes a bold step for Obama to start that process -- appoint Donald Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired; co-author on the FM website) … Continue reading Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW.

The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It

Summary:   Here is an announcement by Chuck Spinney of a new book of interest to anyone who desires to better understand American's defense apparatus -- the largest investment ever made by our government. . It is my pleasure to announce the publication of The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It.  This is … Continue reading The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It