1984

“A nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face.”  - George Orwell - 1984    Could just be me (a lot of times...it is) but don't we need …

Want to change the world?  Look For The Innovators 

“Why are we okay that management hasn’t seen innovation in a 100…years, but we demand innovation in every other aspect of our lives?” Jamie Notter Stalled!  As we glance around the globe, things sure look rough.  Just look at the USA.  Our economy appears stalled. Unemployment and underemployment are high and middle-class jobs are evaporating.  …

Leadership and Social Innovation—neoDeMarcoian Thought

Social innovation is basically the process of securing support for and implementing novel solutions to social needs and problems.   The question is do we see a place for social innovation given the world’s new challenges – such as new markets in emerging nations and increasingly urban, interconnected and dangerous societies? Further, the US has …

The Future Leader We Need Now: DeMarco Banter

Last week the USAF presented it’s new 30 year strategy.  As the USAF prepares for new challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, it faces sobering 21st-century realities: global centers of power have become more distributed and the terrorism threat more dispersed. Most importantly, the emerging environment is demonstrating a trend that could prove to …

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 …

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 …