Information Whack-A-Mole

My digital rabbit hole runs deep and has lots of branches. Over the last few days, I have found myself browsing interesting articles on the idea of hybrid warfare and Information Operations. One of which resonated strongly: John Little’s podcast, “Propaganda, Influence, and Disruption.” There is some sort of perverse fascination in what the predictions …

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A Conversation with Curtis and Mical

A recent conversation thread brought me to a topic which, for me, is a sensitive subject to discuss in an open forum – experiences with racism. Central to this discussion was a 32-year-old article from The New York Times, summarizing first hand experiences with the lingering effects of the Jim Crow laws in Alabama, Georgia, …

The Anthem, Football, and Observations – Round Two…

“I was lookin' back to see if you were lookin' back at me To see me lookin' back at you…” I was on my way to go see the dentist earlier today and my mood dictated that I transition from my 70’s playlist to Massive Attack – the soundtrack of a deep and dark place …

Post-Soviet Russian Diplomacy and the Western Media

This was my final paper for my Diplomacy and War II class - the final academic requirement for my Bachelor's in Military History.  I have a couple of minor issues with this product, and the instructor had noticed. First was the inclusion of the American Revolutionary War - a point that I had intended to …

“What is one thing you hated when you served in the US armed forces?”

Sometimes, there is never a simple answer because the question brings back too many memories... The day I received my DD-214. This sounds odd, I know, but those of us who have sat waited, reviewed, and received that one important piece of paper can appreciate the finality it represents. There were many things I outright detested while I was on …

First-Person History

The assignment for War and Diplomacy II was to write an account of a historic diplomatic event from the perspective of a key figure involved. I chose Jimmy Carter's meeting with the former hostages released from 444 days of Iranian captivity... January 20, 1981 Wiesbaden, West Germany [recording starts] “Sorry I am late… the press …