• Interagency

    Quoting History: Reorganizing to look busy

    We worked hard, but every time we began to function new plans or reorganization were initiated. I learned later in life that we have a tendency to deal with any new situation by reorganizing. Also I learned what a wonderful method this is to give an illusion of progress while in reality it creates chaos, inefficiency and demoralization. — Caius Petronius, Roman civil servant of Emperor Nero, died 66AD It seems that two millennia ago the workforce was also perceived as widgets that will function within whatever structure is available. The truth is, if an organization needs to be “fixed”, changing the organizational chart creates “chaos, inefficiency, and demoralization” today…

  • Psychological Struggle

    Arming for the Second War of Ideas: the Department of Global Affairs

    Some suggest the War of Ideas is simply between us and “violent extremists”, “Islamists”, or some other derivative label for Al-Qaeda, Taliban, and associated movements from the Middle East to South Asia and eastward. There is even proposed legislation that places boundaries on who the adversaries are. However, while some of our policy makers continue to ignore or even reject the importance of information and persuasion in international relations from economics to war, our major competitors do not. The dean of international relations at the Russian foreign ministry’s Diplomatic Academy said The Russian government must prepare to fight information wars which are becoming an ever more important part of geopolitical…