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How Pakistan Lost Its Top U.S. Friend -

How Pakistan Lost Its Top U.S. Friend
Outgoing U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Explains Shift From Confidence in Islamabad to Tougher Tone.
Pakistan  ISI  Afghanistan  duplicity  Michael_Mullen  chief_of_staff 
september 2011 by jerryking
Gates Says U.S. Lacks a Policy to Thwart Iran -
April 17, 2010 | New York Times | By DAVID E. SANGER and THOM
SHANKER. In an interview on Friday, General Jones declined to speak
about the memorandum. But he said: “On Iran, we are doing what we said
we were going to do. The fact that we don’t announce publicly our entire
strategy for the world to see doesn’t mean we don’t have a strategy
that anticipates the full range of contingencies — we do.”

But in his memo, Mr. Gates wrote of a variety of concerns, including the
absence of an effective strategy should Iran choose the course that
many government and outside analysts consider likely: Iran could
assemble all the major parts it needs for a nuclear weapon — fuel,
designs and detonators — but stop just short of assembling a fully
operational weapon.
Iran  Obama  Robert_Gates  memoranda  James_Jones  nuclear  contingency_planning  Michael_Mullen  David_Sanger  SecDef 
april 2010 by jerryking
How America's Top Military Officer Uses Business to Boost National Security
May 1, 2010 | Fast Company | Jeff Chu. "He wanted to know what
kind of environment can be created in which business can thrive and
what role govts. have to play," "What is it that makes businesses
successful?" What does this have to do with his job or the military's?
"Our financial health is directly related to our national security,"
"The biggest driver globally is the economy ... I need to understand the
global trends that work those engines. Where are these guys putting
their $? If they're betting on certain outcomes -- good or bad -- why?"
Mullen's principles on the use of US military force: don't go it alone;
don't be overweight in foreign policy; closer coordination between
military and civilian agencies. "If his advice were only how to fight
hi-tech wars, and if his solution were just to apply more force, he
would be less relevant," Brent Scowcroft, "He recognizes that the new
face of war is a very complex...part combat, part nation building, and
part hearts and minds."
leadership  U.S._military  JCS  Michael_Mullen  nation_building  ethnography  geopolitics  21st._century  indispensable  storytelling  messaging  generalship  security_&_intelligence  Brent_Scowcroft  strategic_thinking  questions  war  warfare  complexity  curiosity  APNSA 
april 2010 by jerryking
Lockheed Eyes Broader Role in Liberia Under Government's "Smart Power" Plan -
MARCH 21, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by By AUGUST COLE.
Defense Industry Pursues Gold in 'Smart Power' Deals. The U.S.
government is hiring the defense contractors to test an emerging tenet
of its security policy. Called "smart power," it blends military might
with nation-building activities, in hopes of boosting political
stability and American influence in far-flung corners such as Liberia.
Secretaries Clinton and Gates have called for more funding and more
emphasis on our soft power, and I could not agree with them more," Adm.
Mullen said. "Should we choose to exert American influence solely
through our troops, we should expect to see that influence diminish in
time." The economic and political tenets of smart power are in many ways
a modern extension of past U.S. foreign endeavors such as the Marshall
Plan that helped rebuild Europe after World War II.
Lockheed  security_&_intelligence  Michael_Mullen  nation_building  Africa  soft_power  Liberia  U.S.foreign_policy  SecDef  Robert_Gates 
march 2010 by jerryking

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