Required reading. They can most be trailed to this statement;
It is remarkable that defense leaders, who acknowledge an inability to forecast future conflicts, claim to hold a remarkable prescience about what weapons will be required to fight unidentifiable foes.He focuses in on the primary cause of the issue we have raised here as well.
What is perhaps most unsettling the Pentagon's defense planning process is not only the absence of budget predictability from Congress, but also the lack of an updated National Security Strategy from the White House. That document serves as the reference point for national security priorities for all U.S. government agencies. Spend time with military officials and their staffs and they can all quote from memory those sections that guide the offices where they work.The big takeaway reminder I get from the read is this; if we want respect for our advice, and for people to take us at our word, we need to first set all things we do on a sound foundation of serious observations based on fact. Not feelings, thoughts, or beliefs; but facts. Otherwise some smart guy is going to find the facts and beat you over the head with them.