The intellectual underpinnings for the U.S. strategy that won the Cold War came from a generation that won a war. The intellectual underpinnings for today’s strategies for the U.S. to compete with China and Russia come from a generation that lost two AUMFs.
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
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
With President Trump launching cruise missiles at Syria in response to President Assad's use of chemical weapons, the debate regarding U.S. policy and use of force in Syria is again alive and well. On April 9, 2017 I tweeted the following as my thoughts on the subject. And now a reading from Chapter 7 of … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on #Syria
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
On August 13, 2016 I shared a few quick thoughts on the "outsourcing of war" 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. - There have been a few books & articles recently published regarding the U.S. use of … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on “Outsourcing War”
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
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