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132. Science Fiction's Hidden Codes | Mad Scientist Laboratory
MARCH 28, 2019 BY USER
132. Science Fiction’s Hidden Codes
[Editor’s Note: Mad Scientist Laboratory is pleased to publish the first of a series of posts from guest blogger Lt Col David Calder
hidden  militaries  science_fiction 
july 2019 by jerryking
Opinion | Donald Trump Is Bad for Israel - The New York Times
New York27m ago
There is a difference between Israeli security and Israeli policy. Unfortunately Stephen's very intentionally conflates the two.

America has committed itself to Israeli security for the last 50 years. We have unprecedented exchanges between our militaries, even when Israel was spying on us.

Israel has receives more direct foreign aid than any other nation including military equipment and favored trade status. Very real tangible support for Israel is greater than any other nation enjoys. And we provide Israel with complete diplomatic cover, even when they engage in policies that are not in our interests. And therein lies the problem.

While bemoaning Trump's failures, Stephens reminds readers that although all of the above was provided by the Obama administration, even that wasn't enough.

Why? Because Obama tepidly asked Israel to engage in good faith efforts to end the occupation of the West Bank and allow a small non-threatening Palestinian state to emerge. This would improve our standing in the region and remove the excuse that some nations have offered for not cooperating with us.

But despite our guarantee of Israeli security, Obama's request was denied. Now Stephen's argues that we return to a policy of confrontation in the name of liberal values. In reality he argues that US policy be an extension of Israeli policy. And that we shouldn't do.

Allies and friends yes. Security guarantees, yes. But a subordinate to the policy of annexation, no thank you.
Donald_Trump  Israel  letters_to_the_editor  militaries 
december 2018 by jerryking
Why big companies squander good ideas
August 6, 2018 | | Financial Times | Tim Harford

.....Organisations from newspapers to oil majors to computing giants have persistently struggled to embrace new technological opportunities, or recognise new technological threats, even when the threats are mortal or the opportunities are golden. Why do some ideas slip out of the grasp of incumbents, then thrive in the hands of upstarts?.....“Disruption describes what happens when firms fail because they keep making the kinds of choices that made them successful,” says Joshua Gans, an economist at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto and author of The Disruption Dilemma. Successful organisations stick to their once-triumphant strategies, even as the world changes around them. More horses! More forage!

Why does this happen? Easily the most famous explanation comes from Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School. Christensen’s 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, told a compelling story about how new technologies creep up from below: they are flawed or under-developed at first, so do not appeal to existing customers. Holiday snappers do not want to buy digital cameras the size of a shoebox and the price of a car.

However, Christensen explains, these technologies do find customers: people with unusual needs previously unserved by the incumbent players. The new technology gets better and, one day, the incumbent wakes up to discover that an upstart challenger has several years’ head start — and once-loyal customers have jumped ship.
............Within academia, Rebecca Henderson’s ideas about architectural innovation are widely cited, and she is one of only two academics at Harvard Business School to hold the rank of university professor. The casual observer of business theories, however, is far more likely to have heard of Clayton Christensen, one of the most famous management gurus on the planet.

That may be because Christensen has a single clear theory of how disruption happens — and a solution, too: disrupt yourself before you are disrupted by someone else. That elegance is something we tend to find appealing.

The reality of disruption is less elegant — and harder to solve. Kodak’s position may well have been impossible, no matter what managers had done. If so, the most profitable response would have been to vanish gracefully.

“There are multiple points of failure,” says Henderson. “There’s the problem of reorganisation. There’s the question of whether the new idea will be profitable. There are cognitive filters. There is more than one kind of denial. To navigate successfully through, an incumbent organisation has to overcome every one of these obstacles.”

......Henderson added that the innovators — like Fuller — are often difficult people. “The people who bug large organisations to do new things are socially awkward, slightly fanatical and politically often hopelessly naive.” Another point of failure......The message of Henderson’s work with Kim Clark and others is that when companies or institutions are faced with an organisationally disruptive innovation, there is no simple solution. There may be no solution at all. “I’m sorry it’s not more management guru-ish,” she tells me, laughing. “But anybody who’s really any good at this will tell you that this is hard.”
Apple  blitzkrieg  disruption  ideas  IBM  innovation  iPod  missed_opportunities  hard_work  Rotman  Steve_Jobs  theory  Tim_Harford  upstarts  large_companies  WWI  Xerox  Walkman  Clayton_Christensen  organizational_change  organizational_structure  MPOF  militaries  digital_cameras 
september 2018 by jerryking
On the Vimy anniversary, it’s time we all learned the name Arthur Currie - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 09, 2017

we should celebrate Sir Arthur Currie and, perhaps, take a cue from our Australian cousins and consider promoting him to the rank of field marshal in the name of the soldiers of the Canadian Corp he led.
leadership  recognition  WWI  anniversaries  soldiers  Vimy  generalship  nation_building  history  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  militaries 
april 2017 by jerryking
Understanding Military Terms
army corps division, battalion, regiment, infantry company, platoon

tactics, operations, strategy and grand strategy in the proper hierarchy.
november 2013 by jerryking
For Canada, a victory worth remembrance -
Nov. 11 2013 | The Globe and Mail | J.L. Granatstein.

One great Canadian campaign, however, remains all but unknown. The Hundred Days, that short period running from Aug. 8, 1918, to the armistice on Nov. 11, saw the Canadian Corps score victory after victory against the toughest German defences on the Western Front. The Hundred Days was unquestionably the most decisive campaign ever fought by Canadian troops in battle, and if we remember the losses and pain on Remembrance Day, we should also remember the Canadian triumphs that dramatically shortened the First World War.
nation_building  history  WWI  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  J.L._Granatstein  veterans  soldiers  WWII  war  historians  Armistice  militaries 
november 2013 by jerryking
General Giap
Oct 12th 2013 | The Economist |

Vo Nguyen Giap, who drove both the French and the Americans out of Vietnam, died on October 4th, 2013...victor at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954 (which pushed the French colonial power to the peace table in Geneva) and and mastermind behind January 1968's Tet-offensive (which eroded the U.S. population's belief in their administration's argument that the U.S. was winning the war"...Here were Bonaparte’s maxims again: audace, surprise. A dash, too, of Lawrence of Arabia, whose “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” General Giap was seldom without. And plenty of Mao Zedong, whose three-stage doctrine of warfare (guerrilla tactics, stalemate, offensive warfare) he had fully absorbed during his brief exile in China, for communist activity, in the early 1940s.
obituaries  Vietnam  Vietnam_War  Napoleon  soldiers  leaders  generalship  offensive_tactics  audacity  1968  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Yossi Klein Halevi: A Lesson From the Yom Kippur War for a Perilous Time -
October 3, 2013 | WSJ | By YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI.
A Lesson From the Yom Kippur War for a Perilous Time
Golda Meir didn't strike pre-emptively in 1973 because she was 'scared' of angering the White House.
security_&_intelligence  Yom_Kippur_War  pre-emption  Israel  lessons_learned  Iran  diplomacy  Mideast_Peace  IDF  Egypt  Syria  war  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
October 2, 2013 | |By JULIE BOSMAN.

Tom Clancy’s debut book, “The Hunt for Red October,” was frequently cited as one of the greatest genre novels ever written. With the book’s publication in 1984, Mr. Clancy introduced a new kind of potboiler: an espionage thriller dense with technical details about weaponry, submarines and intelligence agencies.
obituaries  writers  fiction  security_&_intelligence  espionage  covert_operations  Cold_War  Tom_Clancy  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Neither Fools Nor Cowards -
May 13, 2005 | WSJ |By ELIOT A. COHEN.

"Pentagon accountants have totted up the savings that distance learning supposedly offers and convinced themselves and others that a couple of hours sitting alone, staring at a computer screen after a 14-hour workday, will yield the same educational benefit as a morning seminar with a dozen other senior professionals and an expert instructor."..."Recently, one defense official defended a proposal to shut down temporarily parts of the Army's advanced professional military educational system with the remark, "Some of the experiences they are getting today are better than anything they will get in a classroom. . . . It's not giving up something for nothing. We have a generation of leaders in the Army today that are battle-tested and are much more capable of leading the Army from the actual experience they have."

The stupidity of this last remark is as depressing, in its way, as the cravenness of the Columbia faculty senate's vote. It implies that knowing how to maneuver a battalion through an urban fight is the same thing as crafting a strategy for winning a counterinsurgency. It suggests that at least some at the top of the Pentagon do not understand that the next war will be as different from Iraq 2005 as Iraq was from Somalia, and Somalia from Panama, and Panama from Vietnam. Combat experience can indeed give us an army that can fight and win America's battles; but it is education that provides the intellectual depth and breadth that allows soldiers to understand and succeed in America's wars."
Colleges_&_Universities  education  Eliot_Cohen  humanities  Ivy_League  militaries  ROTC  scholar-officers  soldiers 
may 2012 by jerryking
A failure in generalship
May 2007 | Armed Forces Journal | By Lt. Col. Paul Yingling.

Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz noted that passion, probability and policy each play their role in war....generals must provide policymakers and the public with a correct estimation of strategic probabilities. The general is responsible for estimating the likelihood of success in applying force to achieve the aims of policy...“Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife,” by John Nagl
leadership  politics  war  warfare  strategy  strategic_thinking  organizational_culture  civilian-military_relations  Prussian  books  Carl_von_Clausewitz  generalship  probabilities  contextual  militaries  policymakers  policymaking 
may 2012 by jerryking
Two South African Defense Firms Take Aim at Niche Aircraft Market -
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 | WSJ | By PATRICK MCGROARTY in Centurion, South Africa and DANIEL MICHAELS in Brussels
aerospace  South_Africa  Africa  surveillance  reconnaissance  aircraft  security_&_intelligence  militaries 
september 2011 by jerryking
CGI to launch defence and intelligence unit in Canada -
Sep. 29, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | The Canadian Press

CGI Group (GIB.A-T19.970.472.41%) is launching a Canadian defence, public safety and intelligence unit based on similar efforts in the United States.

Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, who retired earlier this month after a 30-year career with the Canadian Forces, will head the unit.

The unit is intended to serve Canada's defence and security needs around the world....With more than 7,500 specialists around the world, CGI will offer services such as advanced analytics, biometrics and cybersecurity, operational logistics, systems engineering and training.
Canada  Canadian  Canadian_Forces  CGI  militaries  product_launches  security_&_intelligence 
september 2011 by jerryking
The Newest Medal of Honor -
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 /Wall Street Journal / By WILLIAM MCGURN.
The Newest Medal of Honor. The man who has earned it is the first from
this war to live to see it.
heroes  inspiration  militaries 
november 2010 by jerryking
Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents -
August 14, 2010 | New York Times | By SCOTT SHANE, MARK
"The attack offered a glimpse of the Obama administration’s shadow war
against Al Qaeda and its allies. In roughly a dozen countries — from the
deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet
republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife — the United States
has significantly increased military and intelligence operations,
pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying
contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists."
Yemen  CIA  counterterrorism  Obama  al-Qaeda  contractor  security_&_intelligence  drones  covert_operations  militaries 
august 2010 by jerryking
How We Bury the War Dead -
MAY 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by YOCHI J. DREAZEN and GARY FIELDS
deaths  militaries 
may 2010 by jerryking
William McGurn: A Salute to West Point -
JANUARY 4, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By WILLIAM MCGURN.
Whether character can be taught is an age-old question; usually we refer
to its being built. West Point does not pretend its cadets are immune
from the normal temptations of our culture. After all, they come from
the same towns and high schools other universities draw from. The
difference is that at West Point, words such as duty, honor and country
are spoken without irony—and a scandal is a scandal because behavior is
still measured against standards.
education  inspiration  traditions  military_academies  values  militaries  West_Point 
january 2010 by jerryking
How Hillsdale Beats Harvard -
* JUNE 2, 2009

How Hillsdale Beats Harvard
The Ivy school sells out its 'principles.'

Harvard  funding  Ivy_League  ROTC  militaries 
june 2009 by jerryking
Why it's important to reflect on Vimy - The Globe and Mail
09/04/07 |The Globe & Mail | Editorial. Marking the 90th
anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Only 25 per cent of Canadians
between the ages of 18 and 34, when asked this question -- "Canada's
most famous single victory in the First World War consisted of the
capture of a key ridge on the Western Front. What was this battle
called?" -- can correctly answer, "Vimy Ridge"? Learn more about
Canadian history --read every Pierre Berton book ever published. At
least pick up "Vimy".
Vimy  WWI  Canada  soldiers  Pierre_Berton  Canadian  nation_building  history  editorials  militaries 
may 2009 by jerryking
Down the memory hole
Nov. 11, 2008, Globe and Mail, pg. A 19, by MARGARET WENTE .
Laments the disappearance of military history and values from Canadian
schools and their replacement with a preoccupation with oppressed groups
Canadian  History  multiculturalism  Margaret_Wente  values  education  militaries 
march 2009 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributor - The Coming Swarm -
February 14, 2009 NYT op-ed by JOHN ARQUILLA: The U.S. needs to
prepare itself for small team, simultaneous, multiple target terrorist
op_ed  terrorism  security_&_intelligence  teams  multiple_targets  militaries 
february 2009 by jerryking
Innovator Sought New Approach in Vietnam -
WSJ obituary for Victor H. Krulak who was recognized for bringing new ways of thinking to the USMC.
innovators  inspiration  USMC  obituaries  Vietnam_War  WWII  unconventional_thinking  counterinsurgency  LBJ  JFK  militaries 
january 2009 by jerryking

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