Download America’s Defense Meltdown

[21 February 2009:  Stanford University Press is bringing out ADM in hard cover on March 20. The Kindle Edition is available now.]

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  1. Maxon 16 Nov 2008 at 7:55 pm 1

    Brilliant !

    An awesome assembledge of the enlightened.

    True distiguished patriots, and world citizens with honest concience throughout.

    God bless the folks at CDI and all those who contributed,
    including many among us even here who humbly serve variously
    as sounding boards.

    But, even IF “THEY” listen, I fear it maybe too late.

    I hope I’m wrong about that.


    I remain deeply concerned, and sceptical over the continuation of
    the United States as we once recognised it, at it’s best.


  2. loggie20on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:50 pm 2

    For an erudite set of issues concerning the technical troubles and waste in defense acquisitions see the links from here:

    If you follow BGen Hirsch’s (Late of DAU, recently deceased) his framing the program managers’ “undue optimism” is better described as the wasteful practice of painting glossy paint over rotted material to sell future acqusition debacles.

    It is quite refreshing to recognize that the main success of the current defense acquisition executive is to con people into paying for trash and not terminating them and their garbage.

    Success is indeed not having your failed system cancelled.

    Sorry state, a meltdown indeed.

  3. dkenbluon 17 Nov 2008 at 11:48 am 3

    Great stuff COL Richards; I particularly like your brutally concise and logical take-down of the 4% GDP Argument on page 36-37.

    I do wish you hadn’t quoted Fabius Maximus though. Referencing Wikipedia in the footnotes (6 times in the overall document I believe) is bad enough, but quoting a blogger, however “influential” – and an anonymous one at that – does not help this document to be taken seriously.

    I realize you have – let’s say a close working relationship – with him, but however much Fabius’s work “stands on its own merit” in the blogosphere, I still see this as an inappropriate reference.

    Again awesome stuff. How can we figure out whether or not the new guys are paying attention? On 60 Minutes the new boss mentioned he’s reading some stuff on Lincoln and the book on FDR’s first 100 days:
    “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” (hopefully he chose this for reasons other than the familiar-sounding tag line).

    Can some blogger with time on his hands (don’t all bloggers meet this standard, by definition?) compile a list of quoted Obama library references?

    Dan K

    [CR: Dan — thanks!! This is, though, the 21st Century, and bloggers have as much right to be heard as print authors. Plus, if you use their ideas, as I did, you have to cite them. Whether you lend them any credence, or not, depends on what they say, just as with print authors. As for Wikipedia, I share your concern. For basic, facts, though, they’re readily available, and I seem to recall studies that say they are as accurate as any other generally available source.]

  4. Fabius Maximuson 22 Nov 2008 at 10:29 pm 4

    The big advantage of Wikipedia over traditional reference sources, even those that have moved to the Internet: links to documentation and to find additional information. In my opinion this makes it far superior to equivalent but more authoritative sources, for any non-contraversal topic. Even then it is a good first stop for an overview, but everything on the page must be considered tentative.