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The foundation of the paper is based upon an “Old Soldier’s” quote:

“Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.” – General Douglas MacArthur [farewell speech to West Point Cadets in May of 1962]

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, starts out a recent America’s Military – A Profession of Arms White Paper that encourages us to “renew our commitment to the Profession of Arms” to continue to shape Joint Force 2020.

The Key components of the paper are:

  1. Values
  2. The Military Profession 
  3. Trust
  4. Leadership as the Foundation – Strengthening our Profession of Arms
  5. Mission Command
  6. Jointness – Strength from Diversity
  7. The Way Ahead – Advancing the Profession of Arms
I found that the Leadership as the Foundation section reflected my most rewarding experiences.  The necessity to build and maintain trust while inspiring others to achieve has always been the most rewarding for me personally.  This requires of the leader the ability to be an “expert at becoming an expert.”  I’ve found that the ability to learn and understand something faster than another individual allows me to lead and mentor others with more confidence and greater results.
The Way Ahead: Proficient in combat, security, engagement, relief and reconstruction.  Remain Responsive and Resilient!  Semper Gumby!
[via JCS]

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I went and saw the movie Battleship. The U.S. Navy had a decent public relations campaign with the creators of the movie; I think a better PR campaign could have been accomplished by simply using the money more wisely. Knowing that the movie is based on a classic board game should frame most individuals expectations. Yet checking out reviews of the movie it is getting panned for poor acting, military personification, and storyline. But one of the comments I read was about what else could have been done with the estimated $200,000,000 that was spent making this film.

I’ve been reading through the book Abundance (a great read by the way) and have a few thoughts on how to do a better job with the $200 million dollars that was spent making Battleship.

I’ve talked about the Goal Zero Yeti– At $2,000 a piece for the Yeti Solar Generator Kit you could have provided remote portions of the world that have little power resources a few of these, each.  That’s right – we could have purchased 100,000 of the Yeti Solar Generator Kit.  That would provide 120 Megawatts of distributed solar power to a significant amount of people that need it to ensure they have the ability to sanitize water, keep medical supplies cold, and maintain communication (I recommend reading Abundance to get a picture of what the cascading effects).  I’d even wager to say that with that buying power Goal Zero would provide a free Light-a-Life with each kit.  They are already working with the Village of Bwe in the Congo in Central Africa through Tifie.

Lifesaver– First take a watch of Michael Pritchard’s TED presentation.  At $149 for a Lifesaver Bottle plus an extra Lifesaver Filter ($99) the $200M could have provided 800,000 Bottles+Refill cartridge packs.  This equates to providing 6.4 Billion Liters of clean water to those that still struggle with this significant part of life.  This knocks down the waterborne disease problems that pose life threatening dangers.  If you wanted to go a bit bigger with the water container you could use the Lifesaver JerryCanwith a 20,000 Liter Capacity and for the same $200M you’d provide the ability to filter 8.8 Billion Liters of clean water (again looking for the big picture – Abundance).

Want a Big Idea?  If you want the Navy to be in the spotlight – hand these filters and generators to us!  I guarantee that not only the Navy will be in the spot light but the organization that does will be too! And not in the kind of spotlight that the movie Battleship provided.  That would be “A Global Force for Good!”

I wish I wouldn’t have spent the $5 that it cost to see the movie knowing this information. It’s really our choice – why not make a better one?

CogniSens has been pushing its NeuroTracker technology toward the sporting arena with some success.  But if the goal is to ultimately handle, track, identify, and even target more items accurately, then it clearly seems that there are Cyber Special Operations Force applications.  The introduction video is fairly straight forward.  Work to progress on monitoring multiple targets continuously for a certain period of time.  This will allow you the ability over time to sharpen your skills.  But what if the items you’re tracking are both physical and virtual?  Would this training technology help?

NeuraTrackerI believe something like this could significantly improve the ability of a Battle Watch Captain (BWC) or Tactical Action Officer (TAO) for a unit or force in a command center to not only be able to handle more items effectively but to significantly improve the ability to mitigate and prevent “wash over,” when there simply is too much for the individual to process, and possibly improve the OODA loop process for our favor.  Obviously this could improve the response time in a physical realm but I’d be very interested in metrics toward tracking and improvement in the virtual or cyber realm.  We’re trying to build the best right?  The Cyber Warriors that can handle anything – the Cyber Special Operations Forces (CSOF) as it were via some Cognitive Warfare.

We’ve all seen an individual that is able to track and handle 10x to 20x more than the average individual… why not train to be able to track and handle 50x to 100x of the average individual?  I think this is a very untapped area of gains the U.S. Military can make.  It simply needs to arrive in an affordable package that doesn’t have a massive administrative or cost tail associated.

[CogniSens via Gizmodo]

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