Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

A study in contrasts

A few months ago we saw and read stories, on Global News and in the Toronto Sun, about Canadians who had been Da'esh/ISIL/ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq who had, along with their wives and children, been captured and detained by Kurdish forces. The Kurds want to send them back to Canada (and other 'parent' … Continue reading A study in contrasts

Restoring the military balance

A recent report by the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, which is a panel charged by the United States Congress with making recommendations based upon its (the commission's) analysis related to the published (by the administration) National Defence Strategy, and to the larger geopolitical environment in which that strategy must be executed, says that … Continue reading Restoring the military balance

A deeply flawed approach to a real problem

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development, and Canada's representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jean-Nicolas Beuze have jointed penned (or, perhaps more accurately their staffs have written) an article in MacLean's magazine that deals with a serious problem ~ refugees ~ and then offers pious, progressive platitudes instead of … Continue reading A deeply flawed approach to a real problem

If it gets better

In a private message a friend, a retired soldier and current academic, described a recent counter-terrorism conference he attended; one of the speakers (Chatham House rules so no names) gave a very optimistic presentation; that speaker was followed by a mutual acquaintance, a very senior person with good contacts in the upper levels of several … Continue reading If it gets better

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

There are two very similar articles in two influential journals that are closely related: In the Financial Times, Philip Stephens writes in an article headlined "Donald Trump has sounded America’s global retreat," that "The guiding assumptions of modern American foreign policy were set out in a document written in 1950 for president Harry Truman. NSC-68 as it … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat