“You just have not seen enough people bleed to death”

Summary:  There is a belief among some combat veterans that anti-war advocates "just have not seen enough people bleed to death". They know that rapid intervention by America's most highly trained and experienced warriors could stifle Qadaafi's plans to unleash terror and death on the pro-democracy forces. Why would we stand on the sidelines and … Continue reading “You just have not seen enough people bleed to death”

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

Another brilliant metaphor by Tom Barnett, helping us to more clearly see our changing world

Tom Barnett is one of our leading geopolitical visionaries, whose analysis helps us more clearly see how our rapidly changing world.  Even those, like myself, who often disagree with his analysis gain from reading his work.  This essay strongly displays his strengths. This also shows how the gradual accumulation of evidence is forcing convergence of … Continue reading Another brilliant metaphor by Tom Barnett, helping us to more clearly see our changing world

A powerful weapon, at the sight of which we should tremble and our enemies rejoice

Summary: This is a brief case study of a hubris and Powerpoint. Powerpoint is a deadly weapon, which we use on ourselves. Hubris is one of our greatest enemies. The combination can neutralize the efforts of even the most powerful military organizations.  To paraphrase Nicholas Weaver's comment:  "Wars are not won by Powerpoint presentations; wars … Continue reading A powerful weapon, at the sight of which we should tremble and our enemies rejoice

Visionaries point the way to success in the age of 4GW

After WWII we entered the age in which 4GW is the primary mode of warfare.  In response first come analysts, followed by visionaries, then solutions (in three kinds). Analysts (see this chapter) and visionaries provide the foundation on which solutions are build.  Visionaries propose radical ideas for the conduct of warfare (beyond anything we can do today) or … Continue reading Visionaries point the way to success in the age of 4GW