The consequences of tactical warfare rarely (if ever) take into account the “blowback”, the mid- and long-term consequences of war. Preponderance of power can deliver shock and awe, devastation, body counts — but collateral damage, the struggle for hearts and minds, the wages of political war are not considered as the drums of war beat […]
Month: September 2014
#OccupyCentral? It seems the U.S. Occupy has been exported to China. The Chinese government reacts by banning Instagram (having already banned Twitter, Facebook, Google, et al.) StratDem: In the mid- and long-term, the technology of open data and social media is delivering a global political challenge. All governments now face a tech-enabled open gov movement […]
Strategic Demands adds a visual element as we track security, war and peace developments — http://bit.ly/1yrh9X6 — http://bit.ly/1mUvA0S — September 22, 2014 — war commences in Syria — 25 years of war in the region expands with escalation across borders…
“It will take time… there are challenges ahead”… Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, says the objectives set for the US-led war in Iraq and now Syria could take years to complete — the pieces on the board are moving in multiple, unpredictable dimensions.
400,000 march in NYC before UN Climate Summit. Few observers of negotiations expect diplomatic breakthrough. Impasse prevails. Substantive outcome unlikely. UN struggles to find international consensus and to approve action agenda…
The online universe, of course, has multiple trillions of points of data circulating for observation and use, or ignored and archived. Occasionally, a few ‘bloggers’ stand out amidst the billions of posts, the hundreds of thousands of billions of pixels, and the petaloads of mined data being sifted for hooks. Here we have an example […]
The Topics here have been suggested for future StratDem studies, articles, reviews and/or commentary. Let us know your thoughts, which of the following ring a bell, which of these hit your s/plexus, which would you suggest we pursue. firstname.lastname@example.org
The President’s speech — and new U.S. war policy — goes into the history books September 10, 2014. Should this new war be formally debated? Does the Constitution require a Congressional debate, action and distinct resolution? Isn’t it time to revise the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force”, as the National Security Network urges?
Scotland achieves more independence, but not as an independent nation — HM Naval Base in Scotland, the only base for the UK nuclear fleet, can stay for now — Vote moves UK to ‘devolution’, increased powers for Scotland, agenda to revisit independence.
VP Biden to Islamic State: We will follow you to the gates of hell… Over the past months, Mideast news has headlined “gates of hell” threats — read Maliki and Hamas, commentators in Jerusalem and Fox TV, the warnings and theology evoke ancient times…