December 4, 2013  

A skeptic rethinks the Surge | Climate change, faster than you think | Easy cybersecurity steps we’re not taking

Frank Hoffman calls Peter R. Mansoor’s “Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War,” an “invaluable resource” that reshaped his thinking about the U.S. escalation in Iraq that began in 2007. Hoffman calls himself a skeptic who says he has come to think that the surge was a well-executed tactic that gave Iraqi leaders a strategic opportunity they did not seize.

Climate change may produce effects so quickly, according to a Dec. 3 report by the National Academy of Sciences, that the military may be caought flat-footed, Sandra Irwin writes. (National Defense)

Paul Rosenzweig says the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has produced a list of relatively straightforward ways to improve the nation’s cybersecurity that is both good and almost entirely unimplemented. (Lawfare)

Warlord’s Quote

“The technologies that have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple.” — Freeman Dyson

Contributed by Mark Safranski, an educator and author whose blog connects national security issues with historical context, futurism, cognition, and other esoteric topics. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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