• Media,  Public Diplomacy

    Interagency failure: DHS detains VOA reporter for 10 days

    This beyond-boneheaded decision undermines not only our ability to engage in the struggle for minds and wills played out primarily in AM and FM in Afghanistan and Pakistan – the “market” Bunairee used to work and had to physically escape from – it also sends a message to other reporters currently and potentially working for America.

  • Events,  Public Diplomacy,  War

    DHS S&T Conference: Post Mortem

    As you know, I was at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Conference in DC where I has the opportunity to chair two panels at the request of DHS. My panels were different than the rest, not just because I was the only “outsider”, but neither panel was on the one of the two main messages of the conference: Come check out the new and improved Science and Technology Directorate Let me tell you about a problem so you can make money with a solution More on the panels in a moment. The general sessions were primarily about topic #1 above. Perhaps the best illustration of this was…

  • Other

    DHS and Sigma

    I’m in Hawaii this week on a family vacation, so obviously it’s very light on the posting (and thinking). I didn’t complete my post on the DHS conference to my satisfaction before leaving the mainland, so I never posted my comments on that and related subjects. In the gap of my post on the DHS conference, some brief comments on my two panels (Science as Diplomacy and Blogging on Technology), and my two+ hours w/ the guys (and gal) from Sigma, read Jason, Paul, and Michael’s posts on Sigma until I return next week. I’ll have that Mai Tai now…

  • Counterinsurgency,  Public Diplomacy

    Quick post: ONR and Science Diplomacy, Nagl and COIN

    I’m having some connectivity issues while in DC so posting yesterday’s event will be later today or even tonight along with a report on today’s events. Briefly on yesterday, interesting conference sessions with on Science and Technology for expeditionary warfare, assymetric warfare, sea warfare, etc. (see the right side of the ONR page for topics yesterday). Some reporting on this will appear here later. Also had an opportunity for a 20min interview with the Commanding Officer for ONR-Global which was surprisingly (to me) an excellent example of public diplomacy (better name: science diplomacy) in action. This 20min meeting went 60 minutes when I had to leave, and already late for,…

  • Events

    Day One At the Naval S&T Conference 2006

    This week is the 2006 Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference at the Wardman Park Marriot in Washington, D.C. This conference is put on by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), in partnership and with technical support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).