Well, sort of. I’ve been getting a surprising number of emails asking for new podcasts. This semester was a killer, and no one else on the team wants to spearhead the effort. I hope to do some more before all hades breaks loose next academic year.
But for now, I should note that my series over at New Books in Science Fiction & Fantasy has reemerged from its own hiatus — and with a cross-over podcast! In it, I interview USC’s Patrick James about his and Abigail E. Ruane‘s book, The International Relations of Middle-Earth: Learning from the Lord of the Rings.
The Center for a New American Security released a report yesterday entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Defense Spending.” In it, they lay out some very basic (but very fundamental) ways that the DoD can cut costs but “preserve a strong and highly capable U.S. military.” Many of the suggested cuts seem like something you would see Dunder Mifflin being advised to do: reduce redundancy in IT management, cut pay allowances, increase pharmaceutical cost sharing, etc.
In the vein of recent graduations everywhere and the exams students had to take to get there, and thinking there is now ample evidence out there to get closer to winding up a debate that has raged in both policy and academic circles, let’s keep in succinct: “Fukuyama was right. Huntington was wrong. Discuss” Continue reading
The PRISM slides: two nice touches you may have missed (Someone put some real thought into presentation — this is not your grandparents’ NSC-68):
- Top secret, code word, art work. There’s a special seal for “Special Source Operations” that has an eagle lifting a bundled globe — very impressive; and,
- Great product placement — special advertising in a top secret document. The slides prominently feature the companies’ trademarked logos in the header. But, I wonder if this drew NSA analysts to the products or away from them? I’d like to see the market research on this one.
- Steve Walt asks the real question on whether the USG really needs to collect all this data.
- Former general counsel for the NSA says not to worry.
More in contested politics from the week:
And, this week in academia: Continue reading
Do not click if one has not read the third book of Game of Thrones or did not see the most recent episode, as spoilers dwell within: