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Captain Carter Should Steer His Titanic Department Right At The Iceberg One of the most interesting theories I have ever heard about the sinking of the Titanic is that the liner could have survived if, rather than trying to avoid the collision, Captain Edward John Smith, had steered directly for the [Read More...]
Transforming Education Through Digital And Blended Learning Executive Summary January 2015 — The growth of innovative new personalized learning models is fast becoming the most compelling story in American elementary and secondary education. These instructional models are underway in most parts of the country, utilizing and refining [Read More...]
The Burn Video: Why ISIS Did It (From Forbes) News coverage of the ISIS video featuring immolation of a captured Jordanian pilot has been predictably emotional.  If you haven’t seen the video, you can be excused for assuming that the jihadist group is run by sadistic lunatics.  If you [Read More...]
U.S. Cannot Arm Ukraine And Also Buy Russian Rocket Motors Are the West and Russia heading for a showdown over Ukraine? The preponderance of the evidence would strongly suggest that the answer to this question is yes. Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine are intensifying their offensive against the government in [Read More...]
Pentagon Budget Headed Below 3% Of GDP As Warfighting Edge Wanes (From Forbes) At first blush, the Obama Administration’s 2016 budget request looks like good news for America’s military.  The purchasing power of the Pentagon’s regular budget would rise 6% from this year’s level, and much of the increase would go to under-funded  [Read More...]
The Ghost Of The U.S. Military Future How can we convince the Scrooges on Capitol Hill to end the madness that is sequestration, open their purses and provide some budget relief to the U.S. military? In testimony, op-eds, studies and articles in learned journals, everyone with an [Read More...]
What Downturn? Top Pentagon Contractors Turn In Strong Results Despite Soft Demand With military spending having peaked in 2010 and current expenditures capped under the Budget Control Act, you’d think defense company earnings would be suffering by now.  So far, though, the downturn seems to be taking a surprisingly small toll on [Read More...]
How Many Generals Does It Take To Indict The President’s Counterterrorism Strategy? The answer is three when they happen to be among the best individuals ever to wear stars on their shoulders. In a trifecta of withering critiques, former Army Deputy Chief of Staff, General Jack Keane, former commander of U.S. Central [Read More...]
The One Task Ashton Carter Can Accomplish As Secretary Of Defense You have to admire the commitment to public service of individuals such as the incoming Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter. To accept the task of managing the Department of Defense in the final two years of the Obama Administration [Read More...]
Terrorism 3.0 And The Need For 100 Percent Cargo Scanning The threat from global terrorism is mutating and some might even argue advancing far faster than has the world’s response to it. The past year has witnessed the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State and its seizure of a large [Read More...]
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