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 would Sun Tzu defend computer systems? Poorly. A new era needs new thinking.

Summary:  The theft of the Federal government's personnel data has brought information security back to the front pages. Along with the usual cries of "off with their heads" for the guilty and promises of Total Information Security in the future, as the signal to noise ratio in the media drops towards zero. To help restore … Continue reading How would Sun Tzu defend computer systems? Poorly. A new era needs new thinking.

How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side?

This is the first in a series discussing (speculating)  how our Long War will affect America.  On 9-11-2009 we will have been at war for 8 years.  With increasing intensity:   spending more money, more men and women fighting, expanding the size of our armies, expanding the area of combat.  How has that affected us? 2. Why … Continue reading How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side?

James Bond is not just our hero, but the model for our geopolitical strategy

I enjoyed Ian Fleming's books about James Bond, and some of the movies too (esp. Casino Royale).  But should we base our geopolitical strategyon fielding teams of "00" agents (and special operators) to kill our enemies?  Will this make us safer, or make more likely what we most wish to avoid? Consider this: Many (most?) nations … Continue reading James Bond is not just our hero, but the model for our geopolitical strategy

How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part II

Summary: This is one chapter a series about America's grand strategy; see links at the end for the full series to date. Here is part one of a two-part sketch of how America can survive - even prosper - in an age where 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. This is … Continue reading How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part II