Strategic Resolutions (in three words or less): DeMarco Banter

Okay... I know... I'm about 2 weeks late on this one... but we have been talking about New Year's Resolutions amongst friends and I started to ponder the problems with said resolutions... it's not that they are too big... it's they are too small...let me introduce strategic resolutions. Strategic:  important in or essential to strategy. Resolution:  a resolve or determination By NO means …

An Army Of None Why the Pentagon is failing to keep its best and brightest. By Tim Kane

DeM Banter: not sure I'm buying it...it's all about the personnel system? Might not be seeing the forest for the trees...I fall back on DeM rhetoric, it all about leadership, vision, and strategy...everything rises and falls on leadership and this is a leadership problem at multiple levels for all branches. ForeignPolicy.com January 10, 2013 As …

SEC. DONLEY: WHY THE AIR FORCE CAN’T DELAY MODERNIZATION By Michael Donley

DeM Banter:  Sometimes... you have to spend money to save money over the long haul....no airline could operate the AF tanker fleet...yet the USAF does so seamlessly, the jets have a very high reliability rate on the backs of huge maintenance cost...the amazing work of USAF maintainers keep these old aircraft in the air, but …

Sec. Donley On Readiness: Air Force Must Shrink Or Go Hollow By Michael Donley

DeM Banter: more from the SECAF...wondering if the series of articles is having the desired effect... AOL Defense (defense.aol.com) January 10, 2013 Exclusive Michael Donley is Secretary of the Air Force. This is the third of four op-eds Sec. Donley wrote exclusively for AOL Defense on the future of the Air Force. Today's piece deals …

Experts: Drones Basis For New Global Arms Race By Jim Michaels

DeM Banter: wonder where this goes? USA Today January 9, 2013 Pg. 4 The success of U.S. drones in Iraq and Afghanistan has triggered a global arms race, raising concerns the remotely piloted aircraft could fall into unfriendly hands, military experts say. The number of countries that have acquired or developed drones expanded to more …

Sec. Donley On The Air Force’s Budgetary Balancing Act

DeM Banter: Important piece and first in a series....these are strategic questions that have to be answered at the highest levels...do we have the right leaders in places like congress that can make the tough decisions that go beyond local issues? Yes, I know...all politics are local...such is the case here. One thing to address …

Cut Out Of The Conversation The important talk we’re not having about defense spending. By Michael O’Hanlon

DeM Banter: would feel a lot better if these convos were coming out of other buildings in the Capitol as opposed to Brookings...it's all about the strategy....it all about what we want to do and what we won't do or won't fund in the future...it is funny we will talk about "entitlement" reform when it …