Last month I took part in a ‘Mad Scientist’ conference hosted by the U.S. Army. The point was to try to prepare for the battlefield of the future. The opinions I expressed are mine and mine alone.
A new article for The New York Daily News: Imagine the Zika virus as a terror weapon
Just returned from the Atlantic Council Global Strategy Forum and the best part was a note given to me by a young Marine officer named Angelica. Here’s a part of it.
“Being a Marine, surrounded by Marines, I forget that we are unusual. I forget that most Americans don’t know how the setting sun colors the endless sky in the middle of the Afghan desert or what the tiny sand particles feel like as they crash onto your face in the middle of a suffocating sandstorm. Most Americans wouldn’t recognize the sound that bullets make as they fly all around you or that feeling you get in your stomach and in your heart when you truly don’t know if you’ll get to complain about evening chow. I rarely allow myself to wonder if society thinks about us and our experiences.”
My first article as a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute:
I’ll be in Portage, Michigan for a #CommuniTeenRead event this Thursday 11/12. The special presentation, Q&A and book signing will take place at Portage Central High School at 7pm and the entire event is free and open to the public.
Two weeks ago I took part in a forum at the Atlantic Council (Video: Envisioning the Future of Urban Warfare) and during our conversation I mentioned the book “Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World”, but completely blanked on the author’s name. He is Gillen D’Arcy Wood and his book explores the effects of one remote island volcanic eruption and the entire course of human civilization. I could not recommend it more.
After almost 100 years, war hero Henry Johnson is about to receive the Medal of Honor.
During World War I he saved a buddy from being captured while single-handedly fighting off an entire German raiding party! The French pinned a medal on him immediately while the Americans wouldn’t even recognize his heroism until 2002. If he’d been white, he’d be as famous as Sergeant York or Audie Murphy. Now, finally, Henry Johnson gets the respect and gratitude he deserves.