Mistaken Application!

“Any military commander who is honest will admit that he makes mistakes in the application of military power.” Robert McNamara (1916 to 2009) Robert Strange McNamara was the US Secretary of Defence from 1961 to 1968 who revamped Pentagon operations and who played a major role in the nation’s military involvement in the Vietnam War.… Read More

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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

Computer Chips & Military Strength…

“One of the earliest uses for the chips coming out of Silicon Valley, which owes its existence to the patronage of the Pentagon as much as it does to venture capitalists, was in guidance systems for nuclear missiles. A White House report published in 2017 does not mince its words: “Cutting-edge semiconductor technology is…critical to… Read More

Readiness & Modernisation…

“[The] Pentagon’s readiness and modernizing problems are not due to budget cuts. The[y] are the result of habitual modes of conduct evolved during the Cold War and a desire by the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex (MICC) to protect its comfortable life style in a world that is changing rapidly.” Chuck Spinney (1945 to Present) Franklin C. “Chuck”… Read More