Small Wars Journal

SWJ Quote of the Week

Bias and perception are merely the visible tip of an intellectual iceberg. My unsuccessful efforts to peddle Warlord Loop concepts to potential proponents beginning in July 1978 always opened with the following paragraph:

“The Secretaries of State and Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, combatant commands, and their main subsidiaries lack institutional ways to generate and sustain chain reactions of creative thought that they could use to solve strategic, operational, tactical, logistical, budgetary, and countless other pressing problems. Autocratic restrictions, built-in biases, compartmentalization, enforced compromise, and security classifications aggravate routine reliance on resident thinkers and selected think tanks.”



Dave and Dave:

I figure you guys know who is good. Perhaps a symptom of the problem is COL Collins retired a COL. The military either didn't want him or couldn't keep him. Both are bad.


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 7:27pm

In reply to by Dave Maxwell

You are welcome Dave, agree on all points concerning the Warlord.

Dave Maxwell

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 6:30pm

Thanks for this Dave. As you know COL Collins is a national treasure. a national security icon and a true mentor to so many of us.