SHUT DOWN THE US COMBATANT COMMANDS By Benjamin H. Friedman and Harvey M. Sapolsky

DeM Banter:  I'm pretty sure there is a better way to do business, but I am not sure this is the answer...further...a guy from CATO and another from MIT--simply reeks of the "ivory tower" syndrome.  IF we were to go down this road... it would signal the withdrawal of the US from the world stage  and confirm …

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs….Heroes, “Pappy” Boyington, and Army Rangers: DeMarco Banter

One of the many highlights of working at the USAF's Officer Training School is hosting a myriad of heroes and distinguished visitors (DVs)--over the last week we hosted General Duncan McNabb, USAF (Retired).  If you scan the blog you will note many entries where we discuss Gen McNabb and his leadership and vision--one of the …

CAN IRAN, OR THE U.S., DELIVER? By Fareed Zakaria

DeM Banter:  Well... this will be interesting to watch...the optimist in me is quite happy... the Sith Lord in me says IT'S A TRAP!  It's a classic...good cop (Rouhani) vs bad cop (the Ayatollah)...beacuse all know bad cop, bad cop (Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah) doesn't work...even Mark Wahlberg knows that... It would seem the news of Syria has …

OBAMA’S EVOLVING DOCTRINE By David E. Sanger (w/DeM Banter)

DeM Banter: Define Doctrine: a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.  Now...A United States Presidential doctrine comprises the key goals, attitudes, or stances for United States foreign affairs outlined by a President.  And stated below...The Obama Doctrine is:  "finding a negotiated end to the Iran confrontation, and creating a separate state for the Palestinians that …

OBAMA’S MASSIVE PENTAGON SPENDING CUTS COULD SINK THE NAVY: Editorial Washington Examiner

DeM Banter:  Couple of quick thoughts...again, this is all about choices...and it would appear this is what the majority of the American public voted for.  There is no perceived threat (or at least not one the press choses to talk about) and no strategy...in that light...this all appears quite logical if we don't look much …

THE BEST DIPLOMACY IS ARMED DIPLOMACY By Henry R. Nau

DeM Banter:  There's that pesky thing called history again... Wall Street Journal September 19, 2013 Pg. 19 President Reagan knew that adversaries take negotiations seriously when the use of force is clearly an option. Since Barack Obama came to the White House, he has practiced an activist diplomacy. The president never met a diplomatic opportunity …

Welsh: Empower Airmen To Do What They Think Is Best By Jeff Schogol

DeM Banter:  Sure could have used this one yesterday...really curious how this will filter down and what the 3rd and 4th order effects will be.  Totally applaud the effort...but not sure it will survive first contact with any general officer outside the CSAF's staff--but then again... I tend be wrong....a lot.... AirForceTimes.com September 17, 2013 …

THE MARINES NEED FUNDING FOR TODAY’S THREATS, NOT A PRE-9/11 WORLD By James F. Amos

DeM Banter:  Mission, Vision, Strategy...Innovation.   Wall Street Journal September 17, 2013 Pg. 17 The Corps faces budget cuts even as its responsibilities expand in an age of cyber terror and embassy attacks. In discussions in Washington about the sequester and defense strategy and resources, a basic question is often asked: "With the war in …

AT AFA, USAF SECRETARY CALLS FOR INNOVATION By Aaron Mehta (w/DeM Banter)

DeM Banter:  Powerful words below...but I really wonder if the USAF has an ecosystem that can really support and/or encourage innovation.  You can not simply just demand an organization to innovate and expect it to happen....leadership must create a space that encourages innovation and creative thinking.  As we continue to cut people, programs, systems...are we …