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  •  Joint Chiefs of Staff adopt a new Grand Strategy. (4+ / 0-)
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    This is not a joke. And the term "Grand Strategy" is straight from Clausewitz and Jomini, as well as thinking of and triggered by Liddell Hart, though later set aside with the tactical concerns of Boyd and Corson and Petraeus.

    Clearly, America cannot afford to do what we are doing. JCS understands the facts at hand, apparently better than any other group, here in America, who are willing to publish:

    National Strategic Initiative

    CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC, staff officers with JCS. There's nothing casual or ill-considered to it:

    This is a Grand Strategy for America -- a replacement for Kennan's Containment and the whole of trenchant anti-communism and overwhelming force as models for national budgeting and our modern major generalship.

    The work, itself, begins:

    This Strategic Narrative is intended to frame our National policy decisions regarding investment, security, economic development, the environment, and engagement well into this century. It is built upon the premise that we must sustain our enduring national interests – prosperity and security – within a “strategic ecosystem,” at home and abroad; that in complexity and uncertainty, there are opportunities and hope, as well as challenges, risk, and threat. The primary approach this Strategic Narrative advocates to achieve sustainable prosperity and security, is through the application of credible influence and strength, the pursuit of fair competition, acknowledgement of interdependencies and converging interests, and adaptation to complex, dynamic systems – all bounded by our national values.

    From Containment to Sustainment: Control to Credible Influence

    For those who believe that hope is not a strategy, America must seem a strange contradiction of anachronistic values and enduring interests amidst a constantly changing global environment. America is a country conceived in liberty, founded on hope, and built upon the notion that anything is possible with enough hard work and imagination. Over time we have continued to learn and mature even as we strive to remain true to those values our founding fathers set forth in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

    America’s national strategy in the second half of the last century was anchored in the belief that our global environment is a closed system to be controlled by mankind – through technology, power, and determination – to achieve security and prosperity. From that perspective, anything that challenged our national interests was perceived as a threat or a risk to be managed. For forty years our nation prospered and was kept secure through a strategy of containment. That strategy relied on control, deterrence, and the conviction that given the choice, people the world over share our vision for a better tomorrow. America emerged from the Twentieth Century as the most powerful nation on earth. But we failed to recognize that dominance, like fossil fuel, is not a sustainable source of energy. The new century brought with it a reminder that the world, in fact, is a complex, open system – constantly changing. And change brings with it uncertainty. What we really failed to recognize, is that in uncertainty and change, there is opportunity and

    It is time for America to re-focus our national interests and principles through a long lens on the global environment of tomorrow. ....

    The whole thing is 15 pages long. It ends:

    A Beacon of Hope, a Pathway of Promise

        This Narrative advocates for America to pursue her enduring interests of prosperity and security through a strategy of sustainability that is built upon the solid foundation of our national values. As Americans we needn’t seek the world’s friendship or to proselytize the virtues of our society. Neither do we seek to bully, intimidate, cajole, or persuade others to accept our unique values or to share our national objectives. Rather, we will let others draw their own conclusions based upon our actions. Our domestic and foreign policies will reflect unity of effort, coherency and constancy of purpose. We will pursue our national interests and allow others to pursue theirs, never betraying our values. We will seek converging interests and welcome interdependence. We will encourage fair competition and will not shy away from deterring bad behavior. We will accept our place in a complex and dynamic strategic ecosystem and use credible influence and strength to shape uncertainty into opportunities. We will be a pathway of promise and a beacon of hope, in an ever changing world.

        Mr. Y is a pseudonym for CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC who are actively serving military officers. The views expressed herein are their own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

    -- with a preface by: Anne-Marie Slaughter and Bert Kerstetter

    Audacity of Hope... indeed. As Senator Obama had acquired the management lessons of Abraham Lincoln, learning to ask the right questions and to accommodate inevitable human failing, now JCS is doing its damnedest to answer his questions related to the future of America.

    Obviously, chopping America's basic research budget to the bone while spending $1,219,000,000,000-a-year on military-and-spying-and-overhead-and-craziness is not sustainable. We must stop pretending that we are an empire.

    It's 15 pages. Read it slowly. If Obama had been a career military officer, National Strategic Narrative could have come from his pen. Porter and Mykleby have risen to his standard for thoroughness in short exposition.

    BTW: John Boyd, William Corson, David Petraeus. Reading them won't hurt you. The COIN manual is the pick for a oner.

    Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

    by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:41:10 AM PDT

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    •  Mr. Y's is a critically (2+ / 0-)
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      important piece. I hope it gets traction.

      Read it, everyone, by all means. Thanks for mentioning it here - I've been trying to cobble the time together to write a diary on it. My biggest problem is admiring almost every sentence and wanting to crib it - a fantastic, hopeful, view of our potential future.

    •  it eems the top brass have shown contempt (0+ / 0-)

      for COIN, stating our troops are not equipped nor trained for COIN or hearts & minds operations.

      Megods, we of the generation that went to VN told you about asymmetrical warfare and told you how the Viet Minh beat the French and VC and NVA beat us. Even Giap has plainly told us how his strategy worked and why it worked and what we have to do to defeat it. We are not fighting WWII and will probably never see that formulation or conduct of war again.  

      •  Nonsense. Utter silliness. (0+ / 0-)

        Petraeus led the team that wrote the COIN manual.

        Sewall, Nagl, Petraeus, Amos and team.

        Now, please, sober up for lunch.....

        Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

        by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:05:43 AM PDT

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        •  I guess you missed this in the NYT article (0+ / 0-)

          "According to Twitty, Tunnell’s fervent repudiation of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan created “frustration and confusion” among lower-level commanders, who believed his orders contradicted the fundamental strategy of the war. One lieutenant colonel writes in the statement he submitted for Twitty’s report: “Stories of his negative reactions to this generally accepted truth about how the Army operated were legend. ."

          No matter what policy the generals espouse, what their junior officers do and believe is frequently the reality on the ground

    •  Rachel had Andrew Bacevich on... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...Wednesday night to discuss this. As usual, he was cogent and succinct and hit the bullseye.

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:02:17 AM PDT

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      •  Here (0+ / 0-)

        Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

        by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 11:26:09 AM PDT

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