Joint Chiefs Line Up To Defend Budget Contraction By Kevin Baron

 Defense hawks eager to break through President Obama's austerity budget and post-war strategy for the military will face a formidable defense: the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As of Monday, all four service chiefs have gone public, lining up shoulder-to-shoulder to support their budget-saving and strategy-matching decisions as necessary and reasoned changes during a national economic …

Defense Strategy and Military Planning for an Era of Persistent Conflict

By Robert Tomes Journal Article | Jan 26 2012 - 5:17am Editor's Note:  This is a thought-provoking offering from Dr. Robert Tomes.  In particular, his generational interpretation of attitudes towards strategy and military options will generate some spirited discussion.  While he draws distinctions between the Generation X-ers and the Millenials, I think that many readers will see …

May the Best Ideas Win: By J. William DeMarco

Eisenhower took office at a time of wars both cold and hot. One of his first actions was a complete rethinking of foreign policy. Our next president could learn from Ike’s example. By J. William DeMarco.  Link to published article in Stanford's Hoover Digest:  http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/5776 Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of …

11 Reminders For Busy Leaders: Just Say NO To Status Quo

Found these on Terry Starbucker's site several months ago...still like 'em Learn From History (So You Don’t Repeat It) Be A Storyteller & Paint The Big Picture Listen (Much) More Than You Talk Training, Training, Training, Teach, Teach, Teach Good Process Breeds Better Improvisation Measure What You Manage, And Keep Raising The Bar Fear Not …

Do Drones Undermine Democracy? By PETER W. SINGER

Do Drones Undermine Democracy? By PETER W. SINGER Washington IN democracies like ours, there have always been deep bonds between the public and its wars. Citizens have historically participated in decisions to take military action, through their elected representatives, helping to ensure broad support for wars and a willingness to share the costs, both human …

In Europe, Mixed Feelings About U.S. Troop Cuts

Defense News January 16, 2012 Pg. 1 By Marcus Weisgerber Governments across Europe have mixed feelings about the U.S. decision to withdraw two combat brigades from the continent, but the concerns seem particularly acute in countries that border Russia. “I don’t think that we have direct threats emanating from any of our neighbors, but the …

Audacity of Leaders or …The Sunset Grill Syndrome: DeMarco Banter

Listening to some Don Henley this morning...Sunset Grill--a couple things jumped to mind.  The song references Sunset Grill, a hamburger restaurant at 7439 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California  But as much as there is nothing better than a good burger... this is about leadership... and the last stanza of the song struck me as …