ANOTHER VIEW OF THE PNM-GLOBAL GUERILLAS DICHOTOMY
There is a brand new blog by an anonymous defense analyst called Opposed System Design
that is well worth checking out - so much so that I have blogrolled it already. This post " DoD 3000 and Global Guerilla Thinking
" is a winner:"Both men are identifying the same dynamics. They just come to the discussion from opposite directions. Robb approaches the discussion from the GG perspective, asking “how can I disrupt this?” Barnett approaches the discussion from the Core (aka good globalization) perspective. His thinking focuses on “how do I keep this going?” Both men recognize that firewalling is not an option. Global Guerillas are a thinking adversary with powerful tactics at their disposal. No attempt to passively armor ourselves will succeed. Resiliency is our goal, not invulnerability."
YES ! This is a guy who " gets it". Dr. Barnett's systemic perspective is " constructive" and
" synthesizing" which is why he frequently is described as a " visionary". PNM theory is a grand strategy to build something new, in Boydian terms it provides a moral vision to inspire as well as pursue. John Robb's systemic perspective is " destructive" and analytical - a tactical and grand tactical approach to break the societal machine into isolated and demoralized components. Here's more:"Barnett’s focus on the scale of grand strategy makes him talk about the long-term sustainable solution: shrink the Gap. Resiliency is the near-term tactic we use to survive until the Gap is shrunk and the threat is reduced. Robb’s focus on the tactical level makes him cognizant of the challenge we face in shrinking the Gap. In the near term, we face GGs who are intent on shrinking the Core. More failed states and TAZs mean more and bigger markets for black globalization. Robb recognizes the power of the decentralized networks GG use. Therefore he is critical of Barnett’s focus on bureaucratic reforms (such as DoD 3000) because decentralized networks will always overwhelm sclerotic bureaucatic structures. Furthermore, Robb questions the accuracy of Barnett’s grand vision of global peace through a Fukuyama-esque “end of history.”
Go read the whole thing