• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

More Counterinsurgents Join the Obama Pentagon

A couple of months ago, as part of my counterinsurgency series, I pointed out that an impressive number of women were in positions of leadership in the emergent defense field. What continues to be impressive is that a lot of them have gone into the Obama administration. Michele Flournoy, of course, is undersecretary of defense for policy. Sarah Sewall helped run the national security transition and is likely to enter the administration at some point. As far as I’m aware, Montgomery McFate is still in charge of the Pentagon’s Human Terrain System, a project that uses anthropology tools to better understand tribal cultures. And now, Laura Rozen reports, Janine Davidson is becoming deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and planning.

If true — Davidson wouldn’t respond to an IM that I thought was jocular but still appropriate — it’s a great choice, particularly from the perspective of putting more of the national security burden onto civilian agencies. Davidson was a key figure in setting up the Consortium for Complex Operations, an inter-agency portal for counterinsurgents around the government to work together ahead of deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan. She’s all about a whole-of-government approach.

Also, according to Rozen, men got jobs at the Pentagon as well, which I understand is the norm for the Obama administration more broadly. Notable male counterinsurgents entering the Defense Department include Phil Carter, the much-published author, Iraq veteran and attorney, who’ll become deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee issues — which, given Phil’s expertise on civil liberties, is great news for the forthcoming detention-policy review — and Craig Mullaney, an Afghanistan veteran and newly-published author, who’ll become deputy assistant secretary of defense for Central Asia. These guys are young, and both were active in the Obama campaign’s veterans-outreach effort.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.