Robert Steele: Reinventing the US Army Part II – Overview of Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Army Operations

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

Overview of Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Army Operations

Part II in the Reinventing the US Army monograph series.

Robert David Steele

DOC (37 Pages): EIN 7FV42 ERAP Steele Vol 2 Global Reality 1.3

This is the author’s preliminary draft of the second of three monographs focused on the future of the US Army as an expeditionary force in a complex world that is rapidly decentralizing while also facing major development challenges. This second monograph (the first presented a notional Grand Strategy for discussion) presents the holistic analytic model and the resulting strategic generalizations from the Marine Corps’ original study, Overview of Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Operations in the Third World (Marine Corps Combat Development Command, March 1990).[1] The model is neither complete nor current – it is a starting point for reflection. A new comprehensive model is needed that supports Grand Strategy not only across the D3 – Defense, Diplomacy, and Development – planning and programming domains, but across Whole of Government (WoG) as well, and ideally, also into the multinational and “eight tribe”[2] conceptual space as well – future operations demand the full integration of both estimative intelligence and operational inclusion of all elements of society, not just government – military.

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Sep 1

Yoda: MC&G Update & Deep Document

Categories: Geospatial

yoda with light saberUseful this is. 

Please bear in mind that the ISPRS report is not what any one entity has collected or produced, but rather an assessment of collectively what has been produced by all countries worldwide.

Broadly speaking, the 1:50K gaps (not produced by anyone, even the mapping agencies of the respective countries) include:

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Aug 21

Patrick Meier: Crowdsourcing a Crisis Map of the Beijing Floods – Volunteers vs Government

Patrick Meier

Crowdsourcing a Crisis Map of the Beijing Floods: Volunteers vs Government

Flash floods in Beijing have killed over 70 people and forced the evacuation of more than 50,000 after destroying over 8,000 homes and causing $1.6 billion in damages. In total, some 1.5 million people have been affected by the floods after Beijing recorded the heaviest rainfall the city has seen in more than 60 years.

The heavy rains began on July 21. Within hours, users of the Guokr.com social network launched a campaign to create a live crisis map of the flood’s impact using Google Maps. According to TechPresident, “the result was not only more accurate than the government output—it was available almost a day earlier. According to People’s Daily Online, these crowd-sourced maps were widely circulated on Weibo [China’s version of Twitter] the Monday and Tuesday after the flooding.” The crowdsourced, citizen-generated flood map of Beijing is available here and looks like this:

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Aug 1