5 Rules for Soldiers Working with Contractors

In 2004 I was a junior enlisted soldier working on a Human Intelligence Team in Iraq. In my headquarters unit back at home base we had a contractor who made something like 180k a year. He stayed on base, made bank, had good food and air conditioning while my team was running essentially 24/7 combat ops for 365 days. It sucked and it was grueling and I was jealous and directed my anger towards this contractor. 10 Years later I find myself deployed for my 4th time – 2nd as a contractor in Afghanistan and thinking back to how I viewed this man makes me feel ignorant, naive & immature. Read More

America’s Peace Crisis – #Diplomacy @StateDept @DeptofDefense

America’s Peace Crisis – #Diplomacy @StateDept @DeptofDefense

Spot on:

“Perhaps it’s time to do away with or limit in diplomacy and development what has long been outmoded in defense. Military command posts by patronage went out with the Civil War. Despite the risks of civil-military disassociation, the professionalization of the military has resulted in the world’s premier fighting force. It’s usually in the diplomatic arena where the United States falls short”

Woo Hoo – someone finally gave some credit to the education of the US Military:

“Compared with the professional development of military officers, who can spend up to 40 percent of their careers at school or in training, foreign service officers receive little beyond their initial training at the Foreign Service Institute. “

This one is real good:

“Building peace, however, is a more complex, collaborative, and less measurable process of convincing people to embark on a course of political, social, and economic change, as much from the bottom up as from the top down. “

Though I do not believe this to be exactly true, it needs to be close to true. This is the notion of the title of this blog “Soldier, Spook, Statesmen” with a direct reference to “America’s Expeditionary Corps”. The idea being to ensure joint inter-operability and functionality across Intelligence, Military/Security & Diplomacy:

“the service and sacrifice of diplomats and aid workers should be as honored as that of soldiers.”

Ctrl + Alt + Delete Resetting #America’s #Military #NatSec

Ctrl + Alt + Delete Resetting #America’s #Military #NatSec

This is actually a pretty good analysis with some great solutions. For years I have said that eventually we will shift to a fully joint force, at least I hope we do. Having served in the US Army I understand the pride that comes with the cultures, traditions and histories of each individual services. However, is far more effective to realign the forces based off of functionality and purpose. More so, having all the branches trying to do various different sections of our National Security Strategy is a bit ineffective. I would request that the idea of Thomas P.M. Barnett’s “SysAdmin” and “Leviathan” Forces be incorporated into this proposal a bit more.