C-SPAN tells me that Book TV will air the Spinney/Sprey/Christie Mott House show this Saturday evening at 9:00 and again on Sunday at 9:30. See http://www.booktv.org/Program/12319/The+Pentagon+Labyrinth+10+Short+Essays+to+Help+You+Through+It.aspx
These events help the book “sales” immensely. Please feel free to e-mail the schedule/link to any e-mail lists, which I will do later tis week.
Winslow T. Wheeler
Straus Military Reform Project
Center for Defense Information
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Posted in Adaptability, Learning Organizations, MICC, Strategy, tagged Afghanistan, COL John Boyd, Defensive/offensive strategy by William S. Lind, Doctrine of 3-3-3, Franklin C Spinney, Path to Victory Americas Army and the Revolution in Hum, Reformers, Revolution in Military Affairs, Robert Coram on July 26, 2010|
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It is not as if the disaster described below, in the Afghan war logs released by Wikileaks to the Guardian
, the New York Times
, and der Spiegle,
was not foreseeable. For example, my close friend and mentor Chuck Spinney wrote an Op-ed for Defense Week
in April 2001 What Revolution in Military Affairs?
, well before we began the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I also told comrades about the disasters that would await us if we tried to occupy and convert Afghanistan into a democracy (trillions and years later, still no progress), and later when we invaded Iraq (and I describe in my 2002 book Path to Victory: America’s Army and the Revolution in Human Affairs (Presidio Press)) regarding the failure of occupations by foreign armies. I prescribe to the doctrine of 3-3-3 (described by William S. Lind in http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/parameters/Articles/1995/lind.htm
And I was hardly alone or invisible. Readers familiar with the work of reformers Colonel John Boyd, Pierre Sprey, Colonel James Burton, Colonel Mike Wylie, Colonel GI Wilson, Colonel Bob Dilger, Bill Lind and Tom Christie, among others, will know that they have been highly visible canaries in the high-tech coal mine since the late 1960s. For those unfamiliar with their critical analyses, I refer you to James Fallows’ National Defense
(Random House 1981), and Robert Coram’s Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
(Little Brown, 2002), or The Winds of Reform, Time
(7 March 1983).
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The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is so oblivious of the problems in our defenses, and the entire QDR process is so broken, nay corrupted, that it is time to put the quadrennial QDR charade out of its misery. That is the inevitable conclusion from reading an outstanding analysis of the latest iteration of this phony and quite banal drill. It is written by my friend and mentor Chuck Spinney for the March 3 issue of CounterPunch. It is below.
March 3, 2010
The MICC Moves to Hose the Taxpayer One More Time
Eisenhower’s Nightmare Arrives
By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
President of the United States
Farewell Address, 17 January 1961
A s I indicated in CounterPunch on 3 February 2010, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) just released by the Obama Pentagon is a bad joke. That bad joke is about to be given the good housekeeping seal of approval by a special panel appointed jointly by the Secretary of Defense and the defense barons of the Armed Services committees in Congress. When this happens, rest assured, any desire to get control of the out-of-control defense budget will plunge far below its already low level. Chalk up another victory in the Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex’s (MICC’s) war on the Constitution, the American taxpayer, and programs like Social Security and Medicare, which are hallmarks of civilized society.
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