Apparently, Tom Ricks (Making the Corps, Fiasco, The Gamble) thinks I'm spending too much time with defense intellectuals. Since I would never use this blog as a forum for shameless name-dropping, I'll just point towards a certain Belviderean with some deep military roots and the initials CRK for pointing me towards The Best Defense in the first place.
Here is the comment that led to that post:
"I refuse to support ANY attempt to pivot the narrative unless the pivoter is willing to offer enough granularity and fidelity to truly allow the end-user some insight on the effects-based targeting it will foster. Otherwise, we're chasing our tail down a rabbit hole filled with self-licking ice cream cones.
We're dealing with a large delta and a steep learning curve here, so we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable, recognizing that the only constant in this environment is...change.
I believe that Clausewitz once said that Sun-Tzu once said that victory in one thousand battles will be complete only when we have swallowed the dominant paradigm wholesale and then made sure that we've all boarded the bus to Abilene!"