Archive for December, 2008

DNI is back

After about a week of “Internal Server Error” messages.  It turns out that the error was probably created by the WordPress blogging software.  As some of you know, although DNI is a WordPress blog, it resides within the original DNI website on Network Solutions.  NS offers an easy way to download and embed the WordPress […]

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HONORÉ AS THE HEAD OF FEMA

As you all know, DNI doesn’t endorse candidates for political office.  A friend of mine, though, asked if I’d publish his broadsheet campaigning to have the Obama administration appoint retired US Army General Russ Honoré to head the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  I think it’s a great idea, and since one doesn’t run for FEMA […]

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On War #286: America’s Defense Meltdown

by William S. Lind 15 December 2008 America’s Defense Meltdown is the title of a new book on military reform, edited by Winslow Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information. In it, some of the leading figures from the military reform movement of the 1970’s and ‘80’s update their work and relate it […]

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A Workshop: Deciding Under Pressure…And Fast

Tuesday March 24th 2009 (8:30AM-4:30PM) Taunton Holiday Inn 700 Myles Standish Blvd. Taunton, MA 02780 If you’re interested in a hands-on workshop with Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland, this is the next one on the docket. More information on Fred’s site.

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Your taxpayer dollars at work

From today’s Times of London: The West is indirectly funding the insurgency in Afghanistan thanks to a system of payoffs to Taleban commanders who charge protection money to allow convoys of military supplies to reach NATO bases in the south of the country. In case it’s slipped your memory, the strategy of the current Administration, […]

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On War #285: If Wishes Were Horses…

By William S. Lind December 8, 2008 Panglissading through reality, the New York Times recently offered the sort of thoughtlessness sunny picture of the Obama administration’s security policy that lulls children to sleep but leaves adults restlessly wakeful. In a front-page story on December 1, “A Handpicked Team for a Foreign Policy Shift” by David […]

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Reductio Ad Absurdum, Navy Style

Chuck Spinney 10 December 2008 My good friend Pierre Sprey forwarded this amazing quote by Vice Admiral Bill Gortney. Pierre’s comments are in BLUE and Vice Adm Gortney’s comments are in italics. My comments follow and are so marked. An utterly convincing testimonial, from an expert witness with flawless credentials, regarding the benefits of quality […]

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Sun Tzu is Alive and Well

From the presentation on Sun Tzu by Jim Gimian and Barry Boyce.  They go into detail on these, and many others, in their new book, The Rules of Victory, How to Transform Chaos and Conflict (Boston: Shambhala, 2008). [my comments are in square brackets.] The Five: 1. The Tao — the path to be followed […]

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Sun Tzu in Charlottetown

Jim Gimian, publisher of Shambhala Sun magazine, and Barry Boyce, editor of that magazine, are presenting on Sun Tzu.  They are also two members of the Denma Translation Group that produced one of the most important translations of Sun Tzu. I’ve been anticipating this presentation ever since James and Barry agreed to come. Now that […]

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Live from Boyd 2008

Well, nearly live. Here’s an excellent summary of John Robb’s presentation plus an mp3 of mine on the Global Dashboard blog. http://www.globaldashboard.org/resilience/the-boyd-conference-2008/

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