Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Or The Decline of Empire Part II: DeMarco Banter

Driving home the other day, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s epic tune “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was on the radio and it got me thinking.  What is the song about?  Clearly it is the end of a happy time—but to what end?  A quick Google search reveals it is actually about John Fogerty’s brother Tom …

John Boyd’s Roll Call: Do You Want to Be Someone or Do Something? By BRETT & KATE MCKAY

DeM Banter:  Things I ponder today... when I ask folks name the greatest airpower practitioner or theorist of the last 30 years...people struggle.  Usually it will come down to John Boyd or John Warden...but they were never promoted above colonel....interesting.  I have heard all the reasons why... Warden had a tough time as a Wing …

6048 hours of Vision, Mission, Direction, and Clarity: DeMarco Banter

I was speaking with a colleague the other day about leadership flaws…more specifically mine.  I struggle with patience (among other things), and was expressing that I have come to terms with the fact that it takes about nine months for a new leader’s vision to take hold in an organization. I really wish it could …

Adm. Mike Mullen: Americans forget the troops who die in ‘our dirty little wars’ BY JOEL GEHRKE

DeM Banter:  Interesting piece, short...and actually falls a bit short of where I thought the former CJCS was going...but the line: "When you get to these wars, I worry that America has paid us very well, the compensation's good, [so the culture says] 'please go off and fight our dirty little wars and let us get …

What would a smaller military look like and how would it fight? By Tom Vandebrook

DeM Banter:  how many times have we heard..."do more with less?"  Or... we need to be more "agile" or more "efficient and effective?"  As a car guy... I get it... you can always squeeze a little more horsepower from your motor--but there does come a point where your gains are extremely small versus the cost. …

Don’t turn away from reforming military retirement benefits By Gen. James L. Jones (USMC, retired), Adm. Gregory Johnson (USNA, retired), Major Gen. Arnold Punaro (USMC, retired) and Gen. Charles Wald (USAF, retired)

DeM Banter:  If all of the sudden we are high-fiving ourselves for this great measure and budget cutting--isn't it interesting that no one is talking about the 900lb gorilla in the room or the very large pink elephant in the corner?  None of these distinguished gentlemen are affected by the budget cuts and if we …

David Bowie’s 75 Must-Read Books by Maria Popova

DeM Banter:  Always a big fan of reading lists...and a big Bowie fan...so this is pretty cool. View Original  From poetry to history to theory of mind, with plenty of fiction and a few magazines for good measure. Creativity is a combinatorial force — it rests on our ability to fuse, usuallyunconsciously, existing concepts, memories, bits of information, …

Fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq is in U.S. interests By James M. Dubik

DeM Banter:  I know... we keep harping on this...but it is REALLY ALL ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGY.  Here's the big problem...the enemy has a very well thought out strategy that is fluid and adaptable...and we have none.  The plan that Gen Dubik mentions below is something we have talked about for a long time.. AND...when …