What is the Office of Net Assessment (ONA)?

The Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is a tiny independent think-tank whose remit was to compare the capabilities of the United States and its enemies in weaponry, troop training, efficiency, spending, deployment, planning, decision-making, readiness and any other point of variance. These painstaking assessments, highly classified, sparingly distributed and compiled at a rate of only… Read More

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What is Dynamic Force Employment (DFE)?

The most significant element of the NDS [National Defence Strategy], says Mr Shanahan, is “dynamic force employment” (DFE in mil-speak). That refers to moving forces around the world quickly and unpredictably to bamboozle adversaries. Last year, for instance, the USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft-carrier that usually hangs around the Middle East, was abruptly called… Read More

Opportunities…

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” Sun Tzu (400 BCE to 301 BCE) Sunzi, Wade-Giles romanisation Sun-tzu, also spelled Sun Tzu, personal name Sun Wu, (flourished 5th century BC), reputed author of the Chinese classic Bingfa (The Art of War), the earliest known treatise on war and military science. Sunzi, a military strategist and general… Read More

Lucky vs Good…

“I would rather have a general who was lucky than one who was good.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages in the history… Read More

One Purpose…

“There is only one purpose to which a whole society can be directed by a deliberate plan. That purpose is war, and there is not other.” Walter Lippman (1889 to 1974) William Penn Adair Rogers was an American newspaper commentator and author who in a 60-year career made himself one of the most widely respected… Read More

Good Plan vs Perfect Plan…

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice… Read More