Category: Defense

how you make acquisition work for you

The Defense Department’s launch of approved collaboration tools has triggered rapid growth in networked interactions by its uniformed warfighters and civilian personnel, largely because of its unique approach of giving users a choice between two sets of commercially developed services,…

time for some action

Talking about plans for this future has been going on for years. Nice to see the dialog has not stopped. Next step: re-arranging deck chairs . . .

Mission First, People Always

Not going to repeat the now well-worn story of Walter Reed-related issues, merely wanted to take a minute to point out a trend and offer up a lesson. There was a time when, while serving on active duty, the Army…

underrattelser – US style

Ralph Peters’ latest report on improvements in MI. Money graph: Appropriate technologies can help us – but no database or collection system is a substitute for seasoned human judgment. The key task in intelligence is understanding the enemy. Machines do…

Inside Dope

Don’t know this particular person, but I know his brothers and sisters and their song remains the same (courtesy of Small Wars Journal): Morale has become bad enough in the Iraq office that DIA has had to drop the requirement…

That’s How You Do It

While the larger bandits and their FFRDC overlords pi$$ away $7.5 billion, motivated men in a garage (my metaphor, not reality) are getting it done. Tip-off: Bill Roggio

Irrational

Desperately short of soldiers who speak Arabic and understand Islam, the U.S. military is quietly courting American Muslims. But they show little enthusiasm for an institution many say is prejudiced against them. At the peak of violence in the Balkans…

Creeping Towards War Footing

Finally: Senior military officers, including members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have told President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that the new Iraq strategy could fail unless more civilian agencies step forward quickly to carry out plans…

Open Source Reform

Thanks to John for pointing this out: Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals — including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former…