Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

On April 13, 2017 the U.S. dropped a 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided GBU-43/B bomb onto a cave complex in Achin district of Nangahar province Afghanistan to kill 36 members of the violent extremist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Below are my tweets on this action.  Separately, as I have been a guest speaker on how … Continue reading Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Managing Violent Extremism & Lying to Ourselves

On April 13, 2017 I tweeted the following based upon my belief that the U.S. continues to lie to itself regarding its efforts to manage violent extremism.  I may need these tweets someday so I am capturing them here. I have no issue with U.S. "policy" or "strategy" to manage violent extremism being of the shampoo … Continue reading Managing Violent Extremism & Lying to Ourselves

National Security Hiring Standards Since 9/11 and Iraq

On September 9, 2016 I shared a few quick thoughts on national security community hiring standards since 9/11 and Iraq via Twitter.  I felt the need to archive these tweets here in case I need them in the future.  I hope you find them useful. -  Standby for some quick thoughts on U.S. national security … Continue reading National Security Hiring Standards Since 9/11 and Iraq

Quick Thoughts on Life in the National Security Community

On June 16, 2016 it came to light that 51 Diplomats from the Department of State had utilized their internal dissent channel to put forward a memo sharply critical of President Obama’s Syria policy [i].  This caused significant discussion within the national security community.  Some see Diplomats using an internal dissent channel to air dissent … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on Life in the National Security Community

Quick Thoughts on Hybrid Warfare & Gray Zone

On March 20, 2016 I shared a few quick thoughts on "hybrid warfare," "gray zone," other shorthand, and the threats the U.S. faces today via Twitter.  I felt the need to archive these tweets here in case I need them in the future.  I hope you find them useful. -  Hybrid warfare & gray zone are … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on Hybrid Warfare & Gray Zone