Pentagon Budget Stuck In Last Century As Warfare Changes By Gopal Ratnam

DeM Banter: “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” -SunTzu Great points below...Col (ret) Andrew Bacevich points out...“There’s a fundamental need to have a conversation about what kind of military we need to have and what we should expect it to do.” The cuts in …

Are you a High Maintenance Leader? A bit of DeMarco Banter…

We all have probably used the term High Maintenance in reference to a friend, a sibling, a girlfriend/boyfriend...but what about leaders? What about yourself?  I came across an interesting article in Forbes by Cheryl Conner that lays out 13 traits of high maintenance people...and I immediately thought of several General Officers, former bosses...and then I …

Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity [abstract] by Samuel P. Huntington

DeM Banter:   I have read many of Huntington's books, but just recently came across this one (as mentioned in an earlier post).  "Who Are We?" was published just four years before Dr Huntington's passing... and as you will note below...was a bit controversial--as were many of his other books.  Honestly at times it is disturbing how …

LOOMING DEFENCE CUTS THREATEN GLOBAL SECURITY By Michael Richardson

DeM Banter:  It is interesting that we have to look to overseas news outlets for the best reporting on American issues.  The politics of this issue are blinding many to the facts... the DoD might be screaming... they might be getting blamed for not planning...but no matter how you slice and dice it... there will be impacts …

GAUGING THE NUCLEAR THREAT: ‘WE CAN GREATLY DIMINISH THE RISK’ By Markus Becker

DeM Banter:  All respect in the world for Sen Nunn...but he seems to believe everything is pretty okay...not sure I buy that.  Really, if we just ponder... are we safer in the nuclear realm today... or were we safer 8-10, heck 20 years ago? Welcome to the Info Revolution...data, comm, info is there for the …

How Obama Can Avert A New Cold War By Stephen F. Cohen

DeM Banter: mixed thoughts on this one...but...do we need friends right now? How good are those friends? Case against missile defense is old and tired...but what about bringing Russia into the shared technology of NMD if our cause is really against Iran, there would be no harm there....would there? ...I know several Russian experts, I …

For Pentagon, Pivot To Asia Becomes Shift Toward Africa By Craig Whitlock

DeM Banter: still wondering how that pivot to the East is going? Wonder if we are learning anything.... Washington Post February 15, 2013 Pg. 8 U.S. increases presence there to fight guerrillas and al-Qaeda affiliates In his first term, President Obama instructed the Pentagon to pivot its forces and reorient its strategy toward fast-growing Asia. …

In Defense Of Obama’s Drone War By Charles Krauthammer

DeM Banter: Charles Krauthammer always known for his extreme leftist views [sarcasm] makes the case for the POTUS....case closed? You think? Strong case...but can we justify flying RPAs over countries without their consent to target these individuals? If the nation can not defend their airspace against drones...I would image Thucydides would say "the strong do …