Paper Navy Tiger

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We spend $600 billion on defense and this is what we get?


In the middle of the night our U.S. Navy DESTROYER crashes with a ginormous container ship.


The commercial vessel (yes it’s bigger, but it’s a civilian ship) is lightly damaged, but the U.S. Navy BATTLESHIP (after having undergone a recent $21 million upgrade) has 7 dead, the captain injured, and it can barely make it back to its port except with tugboats for extensive repairs. 


WTF!


How does an battleship with the latest sensors and technology collide with a civilian ship–how did such a foreign vessel even get close to our navy ship let alone collide with it–was someone completely “asleep at the wheel?”


This is no joke!–this is our first line of defense in our ability to project force globally. 


What if this had been a terrorist ship laden to the hilt with high explosives or an Axis of Evil Iranian or North Korean fast attack craft or even a Russian or Chinese attack submarine–surprise!


Doesn’t a battleship need to be ever-vigilant and -ready for battle? 


How can we fight sophisticated 21st century militaries with advanced ship-killer cruise missiles, torpedos, and mines, if we can’t even avoid the essential sinking of one our own fighting ships in peacetime. 


Our brave men and women who take up the uniform to serve this great nation–and this country–DESERVE BETTER!


Does this paper navy ship with a punched hole in it represent a larger forgotten or war-weary military in dire need of modernization and genuine readiness to defend the beautiful and free America? 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal via The Guardian)

Wonder Woman Vs. Hezbollah

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So get how hateful they are behaving in Lebanon…


They have actually banned the movie, Wonder Woman.


Hezbollah is afraid of Wonder Woman!


Gal Gadot, an awesome Israeli actress and model, who plays Wonder Woman is too much for them to handle.


Hezbollah, the terrorist organization in Lebanon–and the proxy for Axis of Evil Iran–has 150,000 missiles aimed at The State of Israel, but is threatened by a pop movie and superhero.


If the culture of democracy, freedom, human rights and peace-loving could overcome the radical Islamists and their terrorism then Wonder Women could become a beloved hero to them too rather than a threat to put in the dustbin along with women’s rights and freedom of religion and expression. 


Wonder Woman block those bullets and missiles and teach those terrorist bad boys a lesson they’ll never forget. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Easy Solution to Axis of Evil

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So there is an easy solution to the hellbent destruction of the Axis of Evil…


North Korea and Iran are sworn to the destruction of the U.S. and it’s allies. 


Repeatedly, they sponsor global terrorism, abuse human rights, violate agreements against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, conduct nuke tests, and missile launches. 


Instead of destroying the missiles immediately upon launch or on the launchpad, which is a nice start…


Let’s just do this:


– When North Korea launches, let’s redirect the guidance system on the missile to Tehran. 


– And when Iran launches their missiles, let’s redirect it toward Pyongyang. 


We don’t have to fire a single volley. 


Let the evil ones destroy each other and have a gangbusters time doing it. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Pixabay)

Crosshair Planning And National Security

 

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So I wanted to share this amazing crosshair diagram…


Not because we currently have North Korea in the crosshairs before they hit us with a nuclear-tipped ICBM.


But rather for how this diagram can be used in strategic planning and enterprise architecture. 


The way this is used is the following:


First, you put your goals in the inner quadrants (or other such division of the inner circle).  For example, perhaps you have a goal to reduce your weight which is now 215 lbs. 


Next you create concentric rings around your goals with each ring representing a time horizon. For example, the first ring could be 6 months, the 2nd ring 1 year, and so on. 


Then for each timeframe in the rings, you put what your target is for that related goal. For example, maybe in 6 months you want to reduce your weight to 210, and then by end of year 1 to 205.


In this way, you can easily show your goals as well your targets over various time frames into the future. 


You can similarly use the other quadrants (or other divisions of the circle) for other goals emanating from the center to the future targets. 


Of course, you can also use this for North Korea–to target above the 38th parallel for dropping a good deals MOABs to clear the enemy and their nukes and missiles from threatening the U.S. and our allies.  The same solution goes for Axis of Evil, Iran, and their endless spread of global terrorism and human rights abuses. 


Targets are for restoring the peace and for strategic planning and these two intersect when it’s comes to national security. 😉


(Source Diagram: Andy Blumenthal)

Nation In Denial

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We are a nation in utter denial over our problems.


Just to name a few…


Whether from the threat of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, who smiled while displaying a video yesterday of nuclear missiles destroying the USA.


To the shooting death of three in Fresno, CA yesterday by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” that was deemed not a terrorist attack.


To our national debt of $20 trillion which quadrupled in just the last 15 years under the administration of both political parties.  


Unfortunately, denial is still alive and well, while smiling photos of the North Korean dictator adorn the light poles outside the capital of the USA.


We don’t like to admit our problems be it from despots threatening us with WMD to global terrorism that gives us no peace, and a mammoth debt that is sinking our national economic sustainability.


Smile for the camera!


Don’t worry about big problem-solving. 


What we don’t admit can’t hurt us or can it?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Trouble With Our Security

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So the problem with our security is that we value our openness more than we do our security.


And perhaps, we fear war more than we desire true peace. 


This was a photo from Summer 2015 when the Pope was in DC.


And despite a “massive” security apparatus set up to protect the Pope, the “largest security operation in U.S. history“…


Check out this photo of a colleague who was able to literally run up to the Fiat car where you can see the Pope waving from. 


Our security is full of holes–if this guy had a gun, molotov cocktail, or bomb then the top Christian leader in the world could’ve been taken out, just across the street from the U.S. State Department.


As a democracy, we value openness and freedom to say what we want, do what we want, protest what we want, carry guns as we want, but when is open too open?


Again, whether it comes to cybersecurity or physical security, unless we start to get serious about what massive and large security really means, it is just a matter of time before something really terrible happens, G-d forbid. 


We’ve got to do a better job balancing security and openness. 


No one should be getting right up to the Pope’s car like this!


No one should be smashing windows, burning cars, and attacking police and pedestrians in Washington, DC or anywhere.  


No one should be buzzing our battleships and jets!


No one should be hacking into our sensitive cyber systems, taking down and crippling them and stealing our secrets!


No one should be recruiting, plotting, and carrying out increasing and devastating terrorist attacks right under our noses in this country or elsewhere. 


No one should be using chemical weapons around our red lines in population centers or in airports!


No one (Iran, North Korea, Russia) should be developing, testing, and aiming nuclear ballistic missiles at the West!

War is a last resort, but this is not peace.


It is time to rethink our security posture…it is past time. 😉


(Source Photo: A Colleague)

Countdown To Nukesville

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So I keep reading and hearing about Russia preparations for nuclear confrontation with the West and the overall risk rising greatly:


– Investing in new advanced nuclear weapons, such as stealth nukes that can destroy an area the size of Texas or France


– Adding hundreds of new warheads


– Moving nukes to the European doorstep of Poland and Lithuania


– Flying Russian bombers within 40 miles of California coast


– Pulling out of non-proliferation agreements, including producing new intermediate range nuclear cruise missiles 


– Violating security pacts to destroy plutonium stockpiles


– Skipping the nuclear security summit


– Conducting massive civil defense drills


– Threatening asymmetrical and painful actions against the West, including first strike


– Building new bases in Ukraine, Syria, and now eyeing Cuba and Vietnam


– Building dozens of new underground bunkers


– Entering a new arms race with the U.S. 


Well perhaps this is all just saber-rattling bluster and party-rallying political rhetoric.


The real question is if this is all talk, then why all the costly actions being made?


Self defense experts always say never pull out a weapon unless you seriously intend to use it, so are Russia’s intentions to simply counter the West or is it going to go way beyond that. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)