Why America Lacks Global Leaders by Bronwyn Fryer

blogs.hbr.org / view original DeM Banter:  Many thoughts from this short article... Cultural empathy? Or is American arrogance?  Is there a place for both?  Is there an arrogance at all?  Agree on the education piece...but is this a pendulum  that swings between the arts and hard sciences? Is it economy based? Things to ponder today...  There's a difference …

How ‘Air-Sea Battle’ Fits In U.S. Planning By Michael O’Hanlon and James Steinberg

Washington Post August 24, 2012 Pg. 13 The new concept of American overseas military operations known as “Air-Sea Battle” has come under scrutiny and criticism. Popular with the Air Force and Navy, it has been construed as an aggressive policy, and some in the Pentagon see it as a way for those two services to …

Giving In to the Surveillance State by Shane Harris

DeM Banter:  Good, Bad, Ugly?  Tough call when you are looking at greater good type operations...but it does reek of a good Orwellian novel I once read... information age in now....thoughts? Is there a better way? NY Times:  OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Published: August 22, 2012 Washington IN March 2002, John M. Poindexter, a former national security …

Darpa Looks to Make Cyberwar Routine With Secret ‘Plan X’ by Noah Shachtman

view original / wired.com DeM Banter:  So do I believe this will lead to the "Rise of the Machines?"  No, but the Info Revolution is coming home to roost...especially when you combine this with the computing and internet power required of RPAs (drones)....things could get interesting if we were to fight a near peer competitor... The Pentagon’s …

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain by Minda Zetlin

view original / inc.com Exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function. Here's how to defend yourself. Do you hate it when people complain? It turns out there's a good reason: Listening to too much complaining is bad for your brain in multiple ways, according to Trevor Blake, a serial entrepreneur and author of Three Simple Steps: A …

The Key Missing Ingredient In Leadership Today by Steve Denning

view original / forbes.com DeM Banter:  Can I shout out an Amen!  But at the end of the article I am still left looking for more...an answer, a way forward, but perhaps that in and of itself is the answer...hummm.  Answers, thoughts, statements, questions, are most appreciated. We make a living by what we get; we make …

Interesting PRO and CON on Freezing Military Pay Raises: Good Idea/Bad Idea

Article/Exhibit 1 Army Times August 27, 2012 Pg. 8 Cover story Dial Back Pay Raises, Report Says By Rick Maze The time is right to scrimp on military pay raises, says a new report that appears to agree with a Pentagon proposal to cap basic pay hikes starting in 2015. The report, commissioned by the …