Us and Them: Innovation and the Nature and Character of War:  What would Carl say? DeMarco Banter

Us and themAnd after allWe're only ordinary men Me and youGod only knows it's not whatWe would choose to do "Forward", he cried from the rearAnd the front rank diedThe general sat and the lines on the mapMoved from side to side Black and blueAnd who knows which is whichAnd who is who. -Pink Floyd, …

Scary Monsters, Wicked Learning Environments and Super Creeps: Can They Help The Military?

Scary monsters, super creepsKeep me running, running scaredScary monsters, super creepsKeep me running, running scared. --David Bowie I  was listening to a podcast the other day where I  heard the term wicked learning environment.  Now, I have heard of wicked problems, Wicked the play, we all know wicked people, the wicked witch, and of course …

Exploring and Leading in the Unknown: Adventures in Futures Literacy

Futures literacy is the ability to think about and understand the future in a meaningful and constructive way. This involves being able to anticipate and plan for future events, as well as to understand and consider the potential consequences of various actions and decisions. It also involves being able to think critically and creatively about …

Wondering Where The Lions Are: Strategy, Eisenhower, and The Peace of Solarium

DeM Banter:  As mentioned in the ABSTRACT POST, and Chapter 1: in 2007-08 I was fortunate enough to serve as a National Security Affairs Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  An outstanding year spent with some of the foremost personalities in National Security on both the Right and the Left sides of the aisle.  While there …

An Instrument of the System, an Agent of Change, and the Epistemology of Ignorance:  Neo DeMarconian Banter

We're not gonna take itNo, we ain't gonna take itWe're not gonna take it anymore We've got the right to choose, andThere ain't no way we'll lose itThis is our life, this is our songWe'll fight the powers that be, justDon't pick on our destiny, 'causeYou don't know us, you don't belong -Twisted Sister, We're …

Cognitive Age:  The Speed of the Age or Can Bureaucracy Keep up? DeMarco Banter (and rant)

During the past week, our team had an intriguing discussion with a base agency. I was reflecting on the reason why the work we were carrying out with a federal government agency located off-base in the DC area needed to be authorized locally before receiving approval there. To me, it appeared that we were effectively …

Multi-Domain Warriors and Leaders:  Thinking Beyond Multi-Capable Airmen—DeMarco Banter

The term "multi-domain warrior" typically refers to a military concept in which members are trained and equipped to operate effectively across multiple domains of warfare, including land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace. A multi-domain warrior is therefore a highly trained and adaptable warrior who can operate in a range of environments and contexts, and who …

The Mandalorian, Jedi, and The Stoicism Of Star Wars

Mandolorian, Jedi and The Stoicism of Star Wars Unless you have been living under a rock—you probably know The Mandalorian.  If not—short history—he is a character in the Star Wars franchise, first introduced in the Disney+ streaming television series of the same name. The character is a bounty hunter who wears beskar armor and a …