William Martel (RIP): On Grand Strategy

The Making of Future American Grand Strategy Fundamental Attributes of Grand Strategy: First, it defines the whys; Second, it encompasses all dimensions of policy and doctrine including the domains of operations and tactics (across all Cabinet mission areas); Third, it is never-ending; Fourth, it guides the state as it marshals all of its resources—human, political, …

Review (Guest): The Global Village Myth (Grand Strategy)

The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power By Patrick Porter Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015 Reviewed by Steven Metz, Director of Research at the US Army War College The Global Village Myth is short, tightly-argued body blow to contemporary American security policy. In it Patrick Porter takes on an important …

KINDLE: An American Grand Strategy – Evidence-Based, Affordable, Balanced, Flexible

The American Republic is out of balance — collapsing from poor governance and the triumph of special interests over the public interest. There are two root causes — the corruption of the US political process that disenfranchises sixty percent of the public and blocks Independents and small parties from ballot access, and a dysfunctional intelligence …

Robert Steele: Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy

Steele, Robert. Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, Projected Publication 2017. Part I in the Reinventing the US Army monograph series. Updated November 15, 2016 Robert Steele This is the author’s preliminary draft of the first of three monographs focused …

Yoda: Delusions of Grand Strategy

Delusions of 
Grand Strategy The Problem With Washington’s Planning Obsession EXTRACT The ritual of crafting strategy encourages participants to spin a narrative that magnifies the scope of the national interest and exaggerates global threats. The panel concluded, “Instead of unconstrained, long term analysis by planners who were encouraged to challenge preexisting thinking, the QDRs became …

Chuck Spinney: Time for a Real Grand Strategy?

One Presidential Debate You Won’t Hear: Why It is Time to Adopt a Sensible Grand Strategy America’s descent into a state of perpetual war ought to suggest it is time to rethink our approach to grand strategy. So, how do we define grand strategy?  More to the point of this essay, what considerations make up  …

Marcus Aurelius: Jim Mattis on a New American Grand Strategy with Comment from Robert Steele

A New American Grand Strategy by General Jim Mattis Hoover Institution, Thursday, February 26, 2015 Questions asked and answered: What are the key threats to our vital interests? Is our intelligence community fit for its expanding purpose? How do we urgently halt the damage caused by sequestration? More broadly, is the U.S. military being developed …

Chuck Spinney: Wallerstein on China-Russia Grand Strategy

The self-referencing chattering class is up in arms about the $400 billion Russia-China gas deal, seeing it and the associated Russia-China alliance as a threat to the grand strategic ambitions of the United States to remain, in the words of President Obama at West Point, the world’s “indispensable”* power.  Taking place against the immediate backdrop of the prevailing US narrative** …

Chuck Spinney: Criteria for a Sensible Grand Strategy

Criteria of a Sensible Grand Strategy Chuck Spinney (updated 11 Aug 2011) The Bush administration’s theory and practice of grand strategy could be summarized in the sound byte, “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.” President Obama may have softened the rhetoric but his escalation of the targeted killing strategy by …

Review: Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy – Reforming the Structure and Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy

John Lenczowski 5.0 out of 5 stars Long Needed Treatise, But Too Expensive,September 21, 2011 EDIT of 11 December 2011: Gene Poteat, President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) has an excellent review of this book in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Intelligencer. The following quote is from his review, it captures the …

Chuck Spinney: Grand Strategy Analysis of 9/11 Blow-Back

An excellent grand-strategic analysis of last 10 years. September 1, 2011 9/11 Blowback By H.D.S. GREENWAY Historians will label the events of that September morning 10 years ago as the most destructive act of terrorism ever committed up to that time. But I suspect they will also judge America’s last decade as one of history’s …

An excellent critique of Israel’s grand strategy …

… which is to morally isolate itself by making enemies faster than it can kill them. If Israel’s behaviour continues unchecked, the pro-Israeli biases in and distortions of US policies will intensify our own isolation, until something snaps in our polity — and then, Israel will be all alone. Read rest of article…. IMO … …

Journal: Turkey’s Emerging Grand Strategy

This op-ed is consistent with what I have learned about and experienced in Turkey.  Chuck October 25, 2010 Turkey Steps Out By ROGER COHEN ANKARA — Davutogluism is a mouthful. It’s not going to make Fox News any time soon. But if I could escort Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers and a few bigoted anti-Muslim Europeans …

Event: Rethinking US Grand Strategy & Foreign Policy

SCHEDULED SEMINARS | SEMINAR SPECIFICS |  QUESTIONS? The Rethinking Seminar Series produced by the Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory has been underway for six years. The Seminars  bring together distinguished speakers and interested professionals in free, informal discussions on a wide range of national security topics.  The seminars occur approximately monthly in Arlington, VA, near the Pentagon.  …

Free Republic: US Grand Strategy? List of 11 No-Nos

Phi Beta Iota: Free Republic came to our attention today, as a good example of the common sense of We the People.  We have added  them to Righteous Sites.  Below found there on Grand Strategy. FPRI-Temple University Consortium on Grand Strategy • The Telegram No. 3 Can the United States Do Grand Strategy? April 2010 …