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Unlearning the Nature of War

Posted in Black Swans, Books, Computer Industry, Defense, History, Internet, Military_, Neuroscience, Politics, Quotes, Robotics, Terrorism

In 2005, I wrote a book on General George C. Marshall entitled "Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall." One of my favorite quotes of Marshall’s is the advice he pounded into the heads of his junior officers: "Study the first six months of the next war." It was great advice in the…


Unlearn or Die Even More Unneccesarily

Posted in Black Swans, Current Affairs, Defense, Food, General, Health Care, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Military_, Pharmaceutical, Terrorism, Travel

A few weeks back I had a posting  entitled "Change or Die … Unnecessarily” in which I provided a few examples of how our inability to unlearn could, quite literally, cost some people their lives. Well, the other day, one of my favorite thinkers, Josh Wolfe, sent me a copy his weekly newsletter, The Forbes/Wolfe…


The CIA Jumps the Curve

Posted in Defense

Computer World has an interesting article discussing the CIA’s use of Intellipedia—a Wikipedia-like project for its analysts. As a former naval intelligence officer, I think this is a fantastic idea but—perhaps not unsurprisingly—the idea has been met with some resistance from within the intelligence community. According to the article, in fact, the founders of the…


Top-Secret Unlearning

Posted in Current Affairs, Defense, General, Internet, Jump the Curve, Military_, Terrorism, Web 2.0, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Computer World has an interesting article discussing the CIA’s use of Intellipedia — a Wikipedia-like project for its analysts. As a former naval intelligence officer, I think this is a fantastic idea but — perhaps not unsurprisingly — the idea has been met with some resistance from within the intelligence community. According to the article,…


Unlearning Terrorism

Posted in Black Swans, Books, Current Affairs, Defense, General, Insurance, Military_, Terrorism

In today’s New York Times there is an interesting article discussing two different theories regarding terrorism. Without wishing to over simplify the two schools of thought, one camp — lead by Bruce Coffman — argues that Al Qaeda is alive and well and is very much a top-down organization. The other camp, lead by Marc…


Embrace a New Dimension

Posted in Architecture, Automobile, Defense, Education, Energy, Health Care, Manufacturing, Media, Military_, Virtual reality, Web 2.0

It has been said that the reason doctors and surgeons have not embraced simulated training to the same degree as airline pilots is because they don’t “go down” with their patients. The implicit message is that pilots have an incentive to utilize the very best training tools. This distinction is important because as 3-D display…


Change or Die … Unnecessarily

Posted in Aviation, Current Affairs, Defense, History, Military_

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting review of the new book, Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel. It is a history of the world’s first machine gun. Interestingly, although the gun was patented during the Civil War and Mr. Gatling urged the Union Army to adopt it — arguing that it would "save lives, wounds and…


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