A Strategic Clarion Call: Part I

June 12, 2009

Looking at my own intellectual journey, I find that creativity usually comes in short bursts that punctuate long periods of reading, reflection, and hard work.  About two weeks ago the National Security Blogosphere saw a great burst of creativity by the mind of Zenpundit.  In this post (read every word!), Zenpundit identified several issues that the last couple of years of operations in Iraq have brought to the fore: Read the rest of this entry »

Now Available: SE’s Reading List

January 3, 2009

I have written before on the nature of my personal reading program. Since I published that post I have received email and blog comments (both at my personal blog, and at Chicago Boyz) from various people requesting a copy of my reading list. Read the rest of this entry »

Quote to Ponder

August 3, 2008

“The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.”

George Orwell

Friday War Picture (Updated)

July 18, 2008

Members of the Czechoslovak Legion in Vladivostok, 1918.

Update:  Check this out! (courtesy SWJ)

Doing as the Essence of Strategy (Updated)

July 18, 2008

Danger Room has a piece on Soft Power that’s worth reading.  It’s not terribly revelatory, but does make a necessary point:  A mere increase in Soft Power assets and capabilities does not amount to a strategy.

The Secretart of Defense, Robert Gates, recently said:

“We must focus our energies beyond the guns and steel of the military,” Gates said in his speech at Kansas State University last year. “There is a need for a dramatic increase in spending on civilian instruments of national security — diplomacy, strategic communications, foreign assistance, civic action, and economic reconstruction and development.”

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Obama is an empty suit…

July 18, 2008

…who’s judgement Changes based on the convenience.

Hand Salute:  tdaxp.

SE’s Reading Program – With Update

July 12, 2008

I have written on the nature of Professionalism.  An element to true Professionalism is the maintenance of a course of independent, continual study.  Here I will speak to my personal reading program, which is a core part of my Professional military education.

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