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I am most pleased to announce that Stanford University Press has taken over publication of America’s Defense Meltdown. The hardcover edition will be available March 20, but the Kindle Edition is available now (for $9.99).

The editor of the volume, Winslow Wheeler, has announced that CDI has exhausted the original printing. Many thanks to the Stanford University Press for arranging to keep ADM in print (and in Kindle).

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Update from Winslow Wheeler, the editor of America’s Defense Meltdown: A Plan for President Obama and the New Congress. This book is published by Center for Defense Information (CDI) Straus Defense Reform project managed by Winslow Wheeler.  Recently some think tanks published through DoD their own recommendations for changes to our defense establishment, which appeared to do very little in turning the Titanic (as always).  Of course the people that push these safe ideas with brilliant sounding titles will get awarded for their obedience to the establishment with lofty jobs some where in the hierarchy of Defense. That is America today, led and ran by “cheerleaders.” (remember by the same people who gave us the financial crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our energy crisis, “everything will be fine, don’t worry be happy.”)

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The financial and economic collapse, our deeply flawed health care system, the gridlock in Washington, two long wars not going well, and long term, fundamental problems with energy and Social Security do not complete the list of raging crises the new president must face.  Add the ever expanding cost of America’s shrinking, aging, less ready military forces, now approaching the meltdown stage.  The nature of the problems our defenses face and the basic nature of some possible real solutions are outlined in a commentary I wrote for the November 3 Defense News.

The  commentary can be found at  http://www.defensenews.com/

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Winslow is another leader of our nation.  He is hard hitting, intelligent and a leader that cares a lot about the declining condition of our nation. Importantly, he also provides solutions to the problems he points out. I am blessed to be his friend and to learn from him over the years. I first met him when he was a staffer with the Senate, and he had me over to brief other staffers on the U.S. officer corps (as part of my work on Path to Victory: America’s Army and the Revolution in Human Affairs).  Since his retirement, Winslow is the director of the Straus Reform Project located at the Center of Defense Information (CDI). Unlike most other think tanks, Win (as he is called) tells it like it is much to the dislike of the defense and political establishment. But, Win does not do his analysis on pure gut feelings; he uses thorough analysis of budgets and decisions to hand over his verdicts. Winslow is another leader this country needs right now, but due to “American Exceptionalism,” all but ignores.  Please read the following essay that looks at the ethical demise of a large organization that in fact espouses high ethical performance. This comes about when the rhetoric becomes the truth in the ears of its leaders and power corrupts. It is because the entire Air Force is led by “cheerleaders,” where preserving the status quo (the money) is more important than its original values system.

COUNTERPUNCH.COM
July 23, 2008

Failures of Intellect and Ethics
An Air Force in Free Fall
By WINSLOW T. WHEELER

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