5 Key National-Security Issues For 2013 By Sara Sorcher

DeM Banter: not sure there is anything earth shattering or new here...but, heck--if nothing else it is a good refresher as we step toward the fiscal cliff and the New Year.... NationalJournal.com December 27, 2012 It has been a turbulent year, with violence continuing in Syria, heated debates over the defense-budget topline, and the terrorist …

Meeting the Future Before It Gets Here…a plea for today’s leaders… DeMarco Banter

"It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed." - Harvey Firestone Recently, the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Mark Welsh, noted: "Now more than any time in its history, the United States Air Force requires Airmen who are educated, trained, and empowered to challenge the status quo." …

Loyalty: DeMarco Banter

"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."  -Zig Ziglar "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."  -Colin Powell Is loyalty important? Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. (Philosophers disagree as to what things one …

APOCALYPSE NOT QUITE YET By Christopher Dickey

DeM Banter:  So how's that pivot to the East coming?  MidEast will be the focus for a long time coming... Newsweek.com December 26, 2012 The Middle East and North Africa are teetering on the brink. Notwithstanding sundry doomsday predictions—from the Mayans to Nostradamus and the ever-impending threat of Armageddon—we can now say with some assurance …

Overwrought Empire: The discrediting of US military power by Tom Engelhardt

DeM Banter: Interesting piece...albeit a tad old...but if anything recent events might make the article even more telling...thoughts? Wondering Where The Lions Are (WWTLA)? aljazeera.com / view original / October 12th, 2012 Americans lived in a "victory culture" for much of the 20th century. You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism - think of …