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Russia rolled out a new tank named the Armata, whose red carpet premier is the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Western leaders decided to snub Russia’s celebration of Victory Day over Russia’s seizure of the Crimea and military adventurism and blackmail. Given Obama’s “Dream Team” of National Security advisors, will America stumble into war with Russia? Meanwhile, back in America, an uproar over Cadets wearing heels at another staged rally. I suppose some would rather have seen them in Michael Kors or Givenchy, but Cadets don’t make that much money. At least the shoes are a bright, offensive shade of Artillery Red! […]

Heard From Today: John Noonan VMI ’03

Well now! They may have been mocked at the time, but the views Mitt Romney articulated on the campaign trail in 2012 about foreign affairs are now considered not just clear-sighted but clairvoyant. He said that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq was a mistake; that Vladimir Putin was a major threat; and that radical Islam was on the ascent. Romney detailed many of these ideas in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute. That speech was crafted in part by John Noonan, who was recently tapped to be Jeb Bush’s national-security adviser. Sounds like a sharp […]

Goldwater-Nichols, an answer: the Roles for Organizations

The is the second in a series of responses to Townie’s post “More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986.” Earlier, I posted a response concerning the questions on the roles of people. Before we begin this response, let’s recap the definition of role: “Role” is the discrete responsibility that can only be performed by the person assigned that role. If you have to get the kids to football practice, your role is “Driver.” Organizations have roles that are equally discrete. An infantry company (Army or Marine) has the role of destroying the enemy through dismounted firepower and movement (maneuver). That’s it. An infantry […]

Goldwater-Nichols, an answer: the Roles for People

This is the first in a series of posts answering Townie’s excellent post “More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986.” Looking at the list of Townie’s questions, they can be broken down into three areas: What is the proper roles for people? What are the proper roles for organizations? Are the legal authorities correct for this new era? This post will look at the first question by examing three of Townie’s questions: As currently defined, is the role of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff too broad, narrow, or just right (see 10 USC 153)? Upon assuming the role of the Chairman […]

More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986

As many know I posted something about Goldwater-Nichols last week, below is an article and some comments to an article on reforming Goldwater-Nichols.  I had originally intended to post this as a comment, but decided at the last minute to post it here for our OP-FOR community.  You will note that I have asked questions.  I think this the only appropriate way to approach the future of shaping our National Security Strategy and our the future organization shaping our National Security organizations.  To state conclusions upfront is to limit debate. Over at Breaking Defense, there are some very interesting comments […]

“Semper Why”

Thanks to USMC0802 for tossing this our way. (No block quoting, so go read it.) What say you?

Brent Scrowcroft, Wise Man

Over at the National Interest is a good review and precise of the new biography of Brent Scrowcroft, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, Bartholomew Sparrow. What emerges from this review is a man who truly should be called a Wise Man of Washington, who understands the world order and who puts the interest of the United States ahead of partisan politics. These three quotes should give you an idea of the breadth and depth of his ability as a Strategists. . . . not all that different from Kennan’s, that Soviet ideology was more an […]

Jordan’s Next Move May Be Fatal

Thank you to John Minehan for pointing us to the Global Guerrillas blog. Xbradtc has another take on this. What say you?

Turmoil in the Kingdom?

With things as roiled as they are in that corner of the globe, what do we make of this? I think 2015 is going to be FUN, FUN, FUN. And not in the good way. (Thank God we have a steady hand at the helm of the ship of state, eh? Whew! We might be royally PHUCT otherwise.)

Cuba

Well now, that’s a turn of events. I for one have long thought that the policy toward the communist shit-hole island prison Cuba needed to be reviewed and possibly changed. I’m not sure, though, that we have gotten the better end of the bargain. Forget the cracks about cigars and good rum and vintage cars and cheap vacations. This is serious business. Tell me what you think this means.