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    Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High

    Relevant data for this thread was published last week by Gallup:
    Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High




    Source / read the whole report: ...
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    State Department

    The issue of attracting and deploying State personnel of the quality and quantity necessary is certainly recognized. The recent White House / NSC 1055 report noted this same problem:


    The...
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    Confusion

    Spud,
    Yes, confounding, isn't it? The issue hasn't been highlighted anywhere - let alone Walter Pincus's poor article back in July (blogged on here) - which is the main reason I finally wrote the...
  4. Ken, the public opinion I'm referring to is the...

    Ken,
    the public opinion I'm referring to is the war of perceptions, the struggle for minds and wills over both the indigenous population and a global audience who may be antagonistic to or...
  5. is autonomy really the issue?

    While I disagree that no one is talking about autonomy, this is not the real issue. We've attempted to dismiss technology-related problems through painful parsing, excuses, and legal mumbo-jumbo...
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    Hey! I used that same picture in my presentation...

    Hey! I used that same picture in my presentation two years ago at Carlisle Barracks titled the "unintended consequences of unmanned warfare." Infringment... :cool:
  7. Of Soft Power and focusing on the CRC

    PRT Interest,
    If possible, could you share your paper? I'm interested in your discussion on the topic having spent some digital ink in the area myself.

    A couple of quick comments on your...
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    When History Repeats

    Earlier this evening I put up a post that's relevant to the discussion here. I won't subject you to my blog, the entirety of the post is below.

    Sixty-two years ago, Congress was so troubled by...
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    Something's still unclear...

    I've never seen any grounding in reality in the discussion over applying UCMJ to contractors. My unanswered concerns:

    how does one adapt UCMJ punishments to civilians that are U.S. citizens?...
  10. OPSEC isn't just threatened by blogging...

    Maybe the Air Force might want to pay attention to more than just blogs. From the the UK's Telegraph:
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    Good point on the depth of Ayubi and even better...

    Good point on the depth of Ayubi and even better on #1: history matters in this region, unlike in the U.S. They have long memories and learning the narratives they have learned would certainly help.
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    Looking at the bookshelf, a few more suggestions...

    Looking at the bookshelf, a few more suggestions that might help understand the different perspective:

    Marc Lynch's Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics...
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    I'm also not comfortable with "mindset",...

    I'm also not comfortable with "mindset", however...

    A book I suggest is a little referenced text by the Arab Machiavelli, a Sicilian Arab Muslim by the name of Muhammad ibn Zafar al-Siqilli. ...
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    About the conference

    I think it might be useful to read the description of the conference Marc's paper is designed for. I agree his paper is very deep at times, but I think that's what the conference is looking for. On...
  15. By the way, I hinted at an upcoming event/action...

    By the way, I hinted at an upcoming event/action on S/CRS & CRC in an early post on this. This is apparently still in the works, but I don't know if or when it will happen. It's not my event. I just...
  16. Does history repeat?

    The title of this thread caught my eye as it reflects 1940's-era opinions of the State Department. A conservative Republican Congressman from South Dakota was one of many who felt State was filled...
  17. Ken, Are you suggesting they accidently left...

    Ken,
    Are you suggesting they accidently left off "post-conflict"? Just forgot to mention a focus on transitioning societies from conflict? Also, USAID is developmental long-term, and not contigency...
  18. A little clarification

    BrownenM, good questions. Sorry for the delay in responding.

    To start, remember the name of the office: Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. The "C" is important. USAID isn't not...
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    I'm very happy with Pair Networks. They are one...

    I'm very happy with Pair Networks. They are one of the few who support MovableType, as in they install and actually provide tech support on it. Here's a handy referral link if you're interested. :D
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    Congratulations

    Looking forward to reading the whole thing as soon as it's available.
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    Confirmed with JHU, unlike previous years that...

    Confirmed with JHU, unlike previous years that had one classified day and one unclass, next year is entirely unclassified.
  22. It is my understanding that the hold on CRC...

    It is my understanding that the hold on CRC funding is more incidental than specific. Senator Coburn is holding up 30-40 bills, the CRC legislation, S 613, is just one of many.
  23. Target is next week. Also, it will likely...

    Target is next week. Also, it will likely coincide with an event TBA. I can't say more now, it's not my event and it's not confirmed.
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    even better is to go to the conf, hear the...

    even better is to go to the conf, hear the speakers, ask them questions (via tablet if you want), eat lunch with everybody, and then you get your free copy in the mail.

    Or, you can just download...
  25. To clarify, it is not my suggestion [posit: to...

    To clarify, it is not my suggestion [posit: to propose as an explanation] but a statement from the source.

    For more from the current legislation most likely to shape the organization, S.613:
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