On Clear Communication

By | November 30, 2021

[November 30, 2021]  I was sitting on a chair overlooking an Army-level tabletop exercise conducted in South Korea.  The array of U.S. and Republic of Korea military forces were across the Korean peninsula and seas.  Impressive!  But could we understand what the commander wanted?  Would clear communication work this time? What the symbology and geography told me was… Read More »

On Being a Fraud

By | November 29, 2021

[November 29, 2021]  No one likes a fraud; a person who pretends to be someone or something they are not.  Perhaps this dislike is innate to humans, or maybe learned, but being a fraud means breaking the most critical element of humanness; trust. A Canadian medical researcher who rose to become the nation’s top voice on indigenous health… Read More »

Finding Good Leaders Helping Veterans

By | November 28, 2021

[November 28, 2021]  Near where I live, a few days ago, I visited a “horse farm” called Chestnut Run Farm.  A small group of motivated local folks was there helping Veterans heal mentally. They started this non-profit to make a difference.  I have discovered that there are good leaders everywhere, sometimes you have to find them; in this… Read More »

Why People Hate the News Media

By | November 26, 2021

[November 26, 2021]  People have an intrinsic ability to call a hypocrite when they see one, and they see it in our news media.  When I started this blog, I wrote on a “bias” in news media reporting.  Their reporting was egregious, getting the facts wrong every time and unwilling to correct their “news,” which I call Media… Read More »

Who is Richard O’Kane?

By | November 25, 2021

[November 25, 2021]  If you were in the U.S. Navy, you just might have heard of Richard O’Kane.  More often called “Dick” O’Kane, he was one of the most courageous submariners of all time.  Why his name and story are rarely told is hard for me to explain.  It should be told.  His stories of attacks on Japanese… Read More »

Avoid Infighting at Work

By | November 24, 2021

[November 24, 2021]  No one wants to wash their dirty linen in public.  Organizational disagreements, family squabbles, and couple arguments are best not aired openly.  The reason is simple; we want to show a united front to outsiders.  Doing so makes us appear professional and honest.  Airing grievances is a sign of dysfunction and chaos. We all know… Read More »

Way of the Warrior Kid

By | November 23, 2021

[November 23, 2021]  Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is the author behind the best-selling Warrior Kid book series.1  I just bought his fourth and latest in the series.  Do we need another series of self-help books about “kids?” Given the destruction by well-meaning but misguided politicians in their safe-at-all-costs policies, I think Jocko has hit a home run… Read More »

Another Letter to Read

By | November 22, 2021

[November 22, 2021]  Portland State University has a problem and it’s a problem of a self-inflicted variety; the worst kind.  Portland State has slowly drifted into the realm of illiberalism and it stinks … according to Peter Boghossian, a professor who just resigned his position that he held for a decade.  Here is his letter to the Provost. … Read More »

Douglas R. Satterfield