Operation Christmas Drop.

Aren’t you a little underdressed for an officer, I say every day.
That is the fakest gecko I have ever seen.
“In Pearl.”
Americans getting acclimated to base closure because of the holiday spirit.
They’re married!!!

Look at that furniture.
The military savior situation here is something else.
None of this clothing is aloha casual
Also so often women say I can’t be with a man because he is too much like Santa Claus.

While slow dancing to the first Noel.
Congresswoman, Guam is American territory and these are America.
Virginia MADSEN.

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22 Nov
This is deeply worrying. This is the first step in stripping civil service protections from the vast majority of OMB staff realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/…
In effect: if this goes forward, OMB staff could be fired at will and replaced by pseudo political appointees.

Civil service protections have many important rationals but one we should all care about is enabling a peaceful transition of power. Civil servants are protected to serve without worry of the political whims of appointees. They do their jobs regardless of who is in power.
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22 Nov
Hello natsec twitter! You had a heck of a time yesterday going wild on a story about NSGS. You raised some damn good questions! Also you were mostly wrong or made wrong assumptions. Want to learn more? Let’s get this party started.
(I’m not affiliated with NSGS but Twitter pileons based on speculation and third party quotes drove me nuts)
Here’s the BLUF: the HERD Mentality App is for their conference. It has zero to do with the project you saw on security clearances.

Separately! In Project VU you don’t input derogatory info. You input your basic personal info. You can relax there or learn more in next tweet...
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21 Nov
I’ve been thinking about the withdrawal plan from Afghanistan and I have so much frustration and resentment at the years of wishcasting, manipulation, leadership failure and dereliction that led to this moment.
People are right to be angry about the abrupt policy shift and treatment of our allies, not to mention the Afghan government and people.

At the same time, President Trump has made his intent clear for four years. Why was this so abrupt? It had no need to be.
Trump and his core national security team had serious failures in their ability to drive a process that led to a responsible transition from Afghanistan.

But then I look at DOD and have to ask if its bureaucratic resistance created not only this moment but much more tragedy.
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30 Jun
A small bit of context framing the question of Russia-Afghanistan intelligence: it’s important to remember that presidents are welcome to use PDB briefings and sessions as desired, but President Obama often used his meetings for the “so what.” 1/
This is an importance incentive to think through. His (nearly) daily sessions were part briefings, part policy discussion—sometimes teeing up a move to respond, to develop options, to convene. This practice is not a given. But it can generate habits. 2/
Trump is not Obama. For a range of reasons he does not use his daily intelligence briefings to drive responses of any kind; indeed, it’s not clear the briefing is an important part of his rhythm. However, many actors are habituated to assume it is. 3/
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12 May
In the last two days I’ve seen two distinct pushes to radically change the structure or seniority of OSD officials. One suggests elevate to Under Secretary (SOLIC); the other suggests elimination altogether (Chief Management Officer).
Despite very different proposals and roles, the root angst is the same: the officials don’t get the attention, authority, respect, resources, or results they merit. So, let’s promote them [erase them]!
You could do either. But it strikes me that the original sin principals who do not take the subordinate functions of the original roles (SOLIC, CMO) seriously. The job of SecDef is enormous; it is only made manageable by fully understanding to whom, how, and why one delegates.
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29 Mar
Some what-if fantasies that may be silver linings on for the federal government in this environment:

What if reluctant agencies (DOD) make an effort to invest in telework capabilities beyond just extremely slow email?
What if the forcing function of remote work shifts the culture of over-classification?
What if the trope of “good government is invisible” is eliminated, because good government can be recognized, can be an interactive part of our lives, could make its expert advice public, could embrace public service as public good?
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