• tags: military theory strategic culture coin

    • After nine years of fighting in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East, the military has concluded that the traditional, hard-earned combat skills that allowed generations of “muddy boots” commanders to protect American interests around the world simply are not enough to assure victory in today’s wars — or career advancement through the top ranks of the armed forces.
    • Generals and other top officers are now expected to be city managers, cultural ambassadors, public relations whizzes and politicians as they deal with multiple missions and constituencies in the war zone, in allied capitals — and at home.
  • BlackBerry assures India on access to services

    tags: surveillance privacy cell phones

    • Research In Motion has promised India a technical solution for decoding encrypted BlackBerry data, a senior official said on Friday
    • “They have assured that they will come with some technical solution for Messenger and enterprise mail next week,” said the senior Indian government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Our technical team will evaluate if it works.”

      After the meeting, Robert Crow, a RIM vice president, expressed optimism that the company would resolve India’s worries. “It is a step in a long journey,” he said.

      A spokeswoman for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM could not be reached for comment.

    • about 1 million users in India out of a total 41 million BlackBerry users worldwide
  • This is a great post from a military professional expressing concern over the increasingly blurry boundary between war and politics.

    tags: military theory strategic culture cyberwar-skepticism

    • we as a nation are deciding to include things in warfare which previously have been considered wholly outside of warfare, though related.
    • But, it seems the effect of this is to blur the line between politics and war so much, that politics itself becomes a weapon in the war.  Let me be clear, I do not deny the constant political dimension of warfare and that every resolution to a war is a political one.  But, I do worry that what we consider going to war against another nation is not truly warfare.  I worry that war in the minds of strategists (at least online) is starting to take an omnipresence to it.
    • we must ensure that the line between what is and is not war is stark, bold and well defined.
    • we risk viewing influencing other nations with our popular culture as being at war with their culture.
    • We risk cultural dialog becoming a war, rather than a consensus and mutual understanding or even just simple interaction.  We risk going to war for the wrong reasons.
    • But what is warfare and how does it differ from the other forms of influence?

      Warfare is killing for affect.  Full stop.

      The only reason to go to war is because there is no way to come to an understanding with who you disagree with.  You kill until they have decided to see things your way.
    • Seeing warfare encroach on what should be considered something less than warfare causes me to worry that war will just continue, and nations competing with each other will look more and more like war with each passing year, until we reach the point to where we just do not know what peace looks like any more.
  • tags: cyber command cyberwar

    • The United States has the cyber capabilities to prevent WikiLeaks from disseminating those materials. Will President Obama order the military to deploy those capabilities?

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