Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

Converging run-up to the election

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The market continues to hem and haw leading up to the election. Following that the sequestration decision has enormous implications for next directions in the US mkt. There’s a 1.5T potential swing based on who wins and how sequestration pans out.

In the worst case (in my view) Romney wins, and tries to spend an addition 1T on defense over the next 10 years, AND sequestration is lifted preventing an additional 500B from being auto-cut from defense.  That would be 1.5 large down the drain, and would perpetuate the aggressive overseas interventionist policies of the last decade. Meanwhile we cant get funding for high school sports teams and free community college and skills training




Future Force in the news

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment


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A nice write-up in the Army Times on the Future Force game I designed for the Command & General Staff College. It was cool to see my family commenting in the discussion session.

Patton in the California desert, and the best coffee I ever tasted

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment


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i just love that desert; i miss sitting in the dirt and making a little stove for coffee and going to hang out with the mechanics. thats the best coffee I ever tasted

I like how simple Patton’s HQ and his entourage are. A dirt soldier at heart who understand war

“Playing” at being Presidential vs actually “Presiding”

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Is this just a low cost way to appear Presidential and decisive? or part of the narrative of socialist/fascist power-grab using the Alinsky model?

If Obama really wanted to look Presidential he would take the NYT defense budget


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cutting quiz and start to make a difference in our finances by downsizing the military

MG Fuller: over/under was 1

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I won the office pool on when MG Fuller would  lose his job.  The over under was 1 day. I picked under. He knew precisely what the consequences would be.  Such are the consequences of telling the unvarnished truth in public

Knee-jerk connected to the …nuclear football

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

What an artful turn of phrase, and one that I think captures the Perry phenomenon pretty well.

RICK PERRY has never spent any serious time outside of Texas, except for a five-year stint in the military. Nobody sent him off to boarding school to expand his horizons. He grew up in Paint Creek, where he graduated third in a high school class of 13. He went to the most deeply Texas of all the state’s major institutions of higher learning. He was a terrible student, but won the prized post of yell leader, the most deeply Texas of all possible Aggie achievements.

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Reflections on Afghanistan from Michael Yon

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

American author and blogger Michael Yon

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In my judgment, Michael Yon is the most honest and fairminded voice coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, public or private.  I rely on his insights to form my opinions. Consider buying his 1st edition book; he is an award winning, independent photojournalist
the essay on “Gobar gas” is testimony to the power of a single voice to make a difference in the world