If we bring other people into the Wiki, make sure we task them and keep them busy and monitored.

Some people are using "country is to small to affect the US and therefore insignificant" as logic for not addressing it -- not valid. Assess all possibilities. Don't start thinking regionally or globally until have looked at country individually.

Three-Tiered Approach:
  1. Public Health Care System (general access -- not level of access for those with enough $)
    • Global Health Care Report
  2. Impact of Chronic and Infectious Disease
    • HALE report numbers
  3. US National Interests
    • First two affect the third, results on the chart --

This will aid in ascertainting the regional trends and whether or not the congressional budget allocation is properly distributed.

Clausewitz:

  • Prussian -- Prussia became the German state.
  • Fought in the Napoleonic Wars -- warfare was confusion because it was done in close range because muskets were inaccurate. Smoky and loud. High casualties. Infection and disease spread among wounded. Many went into battle drunk to be able to face the realities of war. This was Clausewitz's perspective and experience of war.
  • Clearly linked WAR and POLICY. "...a continuation of policy..."
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* Friction distinguishes real war from theoretical war. The human factor changes all design.
  • The Slaughter: find them and destroy them.
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** Sun Tzu -- supreme fight is to avoid it
    • Byzantines -- deception
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  • Clausewitz's ideas not popular in the day, 1800s -- JOMINI was the standard
    • Scientific thinking was according to the Enlightenment, linear thinking, Issac Newton: "determinism." If knew enough about the world, the math, etc., then could determine result, could predict outcome. Determinism is OUT.
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** Then came Relativity, post-modernism, Heisenburg Uncertainty Principle -- can either know the direction or the speed of a particle but can't know both because knowing one decreases the accuracy of knowing the other. Girdles Theory of Incompleteness: in any system with a bunch of rules, there will be things that are true that can't be proved by the rules.
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    • Jomini -- predominent strategic thinking.
  • Clausewitz' gets in the game. He discusses (conceptually models) war the way scientist were approaching science. The scientific thinking of our day directly impacts our vision of the world, strategy in life, on the battlefield, etc. It's pervasive and affects how we construct analysis. The way science explains the way things are determines how we understand the world, which determines how we frame our perspective and conduct analysis. Implicit knowledge that we acquire without realizing it.

  • The 21st century will involve non-linear exploration.
  • Chaos/Complexity Theory: sciences of non-linear systems. Though non-linear, there are consistent patterns of activity. Will circulate around an attractor, though not in a predictable way. Heuristics, rules of thumb.

For professional development, spend some time understanding Complexity Theory -- what trends will be in the future.


To Do:

Determine the Country Number by 19 JAN 07 for all countries.


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