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What I’m Reading: December 2018 – Questioning Experts, War Theory, Tech, Innovation, Creativity, and Baseball Trades

Here are articles I found most interesting in December 2018: Think Critically About the Wisdom of Experts – MIT Sloan Management Review, 11/26/2018 This is a good, albeit dangerous article. Yes, consumers of information should not blindly believe anyone, to include scientists and researchers. They are human and make mistakes. We should question assumptions, avoid […]

Quick thoughts on Syria pull-out

On Wed, Dec 19th, President Trump decided to pull all American troops out of Syria. Reports say there are approximately 2,000 troops in Syria. I’m not sure what their specific tasks were, but here are my thoughts. Sub-nationally, many experts believe ISIS is far from defeated. However, the return on investment for military operations is […]

No Grassroots in the Desert

For most of 2018 I lived in Doha, Qatar. Life in Doha was an amazing experience, full of cultural and culinary exploration. Doha is a beautiful city and a melting pot of various cultures and people. But something was missing. Despite the beautiful skyline, expansive malls, and elaborate museums, sometimes Doha seemed fake, manufactured, and prefabricated, […]

What I’m Reading: November 2018 – Analysis, Creativity, Innovation, Globalism, Cyber Security, Media Manipulation, and Mystery Science Theater

Here are the articles I found interesting in November 2018: What Great Data Analysts Do — and Why Every Organization Needs Them – Harvard Business Review, 12/4/2018 Written by Google’s Chief Decision Scientist, this article discusses the importance of analysts over data scientists and machine learning experts. While the latter two are prized for the […]

What I’m Reading: August 2018 – Cyber Conflict, Facial Recognition, Strategic Thinking, and Changes in America

Here is what I was reading this month: Corporate Cybersecurity Is Becoming Geopolitical. Are U.S. Tech Companies Ready? – Harvard Business Review, 8/24/2018 This article details the need for companies to be aware of international actors and their intentions in cyberspace. Written by Ben Buchanan, author of The Cyber Security Dilemma, this article particularly points […]

What I’m Reading: Irregular Warfare Mixtape

Here are a few links that I wanted to share together, independent of my monthly list of links. Consider this a blog mixtape between official monthly releases. These all discuss modern conflict. Why jihadist insurgencies persist – OpenCanada.org, 5/23/2018 Very interesting article that takes an economic approach to insurgency dilemmas. According to author Aisha Ahmad, […]

What I’m Reading: June 2018 – Science, War, Information Conflict, Cyber Conflict, and Looney Tunes

Articles I found most interesting in June 2018: This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our ‘Theory Of Everything – Medium.com, Starts With a Bang, 6/14/2018 A quick look at a very deep subject. Theoretical physics has always fascinated me. Especially string theory. I’ve often wondered if the movement along the strings could […]

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