[quote=gilliam]I would like the members of this list to view this presentation on the Pentagon’s New Map
I got a chance to view the presentation but not Q&A. Thanks Gilliam for the recommendation.
I was not able to understand what he was presenting. Was this the recommendations of a study? Is this a presentation of a transformation strategy that has been embraced by the pentagon and political movers?
The historical background seems to make sense. The fact that this presentation occurred in 12/03 seems to give him added credibility as events since then appear to have followed what might be expected from the description of current and projected situation.
I am thinking that this is the report of a study and not something that had becoming integrated into defense structure planning. Without the continued problems in Iraq I would think that this major shift in direction could not gain traction. I even wonder if it is even being considered by enough of the right folks to reach a critical mass. I also wonder about the political roadblocks to this plan. I cannot think of any major political philosophical objections except for: temptation to increase use of force and/or empire building.
During the presentation I kept wondering about the problems we are having with many of the other countries within the core (primarily Europe). What are their strategic planners thinking is going on? If they concurred with this description of the threat situation then they would be acting very differently. My impression is that they disagree with this threat model or that populist political forces in Europe override efficacious security actions.
I have never understood why there seems to be such militant opposition to globalization. I figured it was a protectionist thing (don’t export our jobs). Perhaps anti-globalization trumps this type of strategy towards shrinking the “gap”.
I guess I buy into the concepts. However I wonder why there appears to be such a large rejection of this concept in Europe. I also wonder if this is getting any traction in the pentagon and/or the Bush administration. Any idea?