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Panic on the Right

When the generals start getting restless, they do things like this preemptive nuclear strike proposal. But why are the generals getting restless all over NATO? Amerca's Gen. Shalikashvili, Germany's Gen. Naumann, the UK's Field Marshall Inge, the Netherland's Gen van...
Posted in Flit(tm) on February 1, 2008 07:44 AM

Letter to the Paper LIV

Bjoern Staerk asks What Went Wrong taking Bernard Lewis' book in a different direction. He disclaims a discussion of Lewis but he disclaims too much because one cannot productively discuss the West's own errors without clearly understanding the larger situation...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 21, 2007 08:33 AM

The Losing Momentum Fallacy

I've been writing about how the US and Al Queda are fighting on a meta-battlefield of serialization and parallelization since at least 2003. The US is fundamentally trying to slow things down, occasionally biting where it chooses, chewing, and swallowing...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 6, 2006 07:29 AM

Letter to the Paper LII

This missive goes out to The Belgravia Dispatch because it comes so close to my own views on the great challenge facing confirmed civilians all over the world today, but most of all in the 1st world where military service...
Posted in Flit(tm) on July 31, 2006 08:04 AM

Battlefield 'Net XI

Daniel Drezner talks about IT weakening terrorism. The cell phone and radio transmitter are the local heroes here. Cell phone SMS messaging is apparently bagging an awful lot of Iraqi terrorists. The problem seems to be on the back end....
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 24, 2005 08:12 AM

Battlefield 'Net X

The Pentagon is planning to create own kind of Internet 2, a battlefield network capable of seeing everything, knowing everything. Now I can see a practical reason for the Army's insistence on IPv6 starting in 2009. IPv6 is a new...
Posted in Flit(tm) on November 18, 2004 12:59 PM

Inducing Strategic Despair Amongst the Delusional

Anybody that has read Bernard Lewis' excellent book What Went Wrong: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East knows that Islam has been on a long downhill slide for centuries. A civilization that could have easily eradicated...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 28, 2004 07:19 PM

Battlefield 'Net IX

In past editions of this series I hypothesized that it would become incredibly important to get a robust network up in order to enhance communications with locals so that information flow could be quick and relatively risk free. Cheap simputer...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 14, 2004 01:56 PM

Wanted: A Department of Anarchy VI

Professor Bainbridge laments that government only grows and thus, Kaus' "try something and dump the failures" is an irresponsible way to vote because nobody governs that way. As I've said several times before one of the key problems of government...
Posted in Flit(tm) on July 8, 2004 04:58 PM

Battlefield 'Net VIII

Reading Strategy Page's latest (again, no permalink) on the battlefield net, one thought kept cropping up in my mind. Does the thing have an accessible API and what are the 3rd party application opportunities for it? A battlefield PDA in...
Posted in Flit(tm) on May 30, 2004 08:17 AM

Letter to the Paper XIX

David Brooks writes about our current Crisis of Confidence and makes the point that if we don't fix things, the realists are going to reemerge with their soporifics, lulling the country back to sleep with their siren songs claiming that...
Posted in Flit(tm) on May 8, 2004 03:21 PM

Battlefield 'Net VII

The Airforce is creating software to allow UAVs to conduct automated airborne refueling. This will help in providing persistence on the battlefield and is important for many reasons. One of these is that it would allow UAVs to serve as...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 27, 2004 04:42 PM

Battlefield 'Net VI

The US, via DARPA is moving towards cognitive radios. These are software defined radios that are loaded with local rules and search for open chunks of spectrum to use for their transmissions. This permits a much higher use of spectrum...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 19, 2004 12:38 PM

Battlefield 'Net V

StrategyPage, invaluable as usual (despite no permalinks), points out the availability ofcomputerized translation for the armed forces. As Moore's law works its magic, in the next decade we should be seeing the availability of cheap enough solutions so a future...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 13, 2004 08:37 PM

Battlefield 'Net IV

Winds of Change has a good article on the networked military. The section on adoption highlighted a related point, the difference between intellectual knowledge of the value of such systems (which probably every military in the world has by this...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 26, 2004 09:50 AM

Battlefield 'Net III

Winds of Change has a good article on the current and future battlefield net. The ability to communicate with each other has achieved critical mass and people understand how much more lethal they can be, and with how much fewer...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 24, 2004 11:40 AM

Charity or Focusing on the Goal? II

After I wrote the original in this series, I read Steven Den Beste's latest which led me to revisit the topic. I do believe that we have the same ultimate objective as Europe with regards to the Nihilist Death Cultists...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 22, 2004 11:26 AM

Battlefield 'Net II

The battlefield Internet is moving forward and it looks like it will progress along the same style 'S' curve as the Internet itself into a full fledged occupation net that covers all aspects of an occupation. The new innovation is...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 9, 2004 09:28 AM

Battlefield 'Net

The battlefield data network has often been highlighted in military science fiction such as David Drake's Hammer's Slammers series. But now this seems to be transitioning into current military science fact. The essential (but stubbornly not permalinked) StrategyPage provides a...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 26, 2004 01:57 PM

Progress in the Real War on Terror

I've previously said that the US government is constitutionally blocked from engaging the terrorists on the most fruitful of battlefield terrains. It looks like the US has gotten help from Saudi Arabia to do what the US government cannot, engage...
Posted in Flit(tm) on November 30, 2003 10:49 PM

A Transformative Poison Pill

Hat tip to Real Clear Politics for a pointer to The Art of War over at The New Criterion. Go read the article first. It's an interesting and useful critique of US current military posture but does suffer one weakness...
Posted in Flit(tm) on November 5, 2003 11:03 AM
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