Readiness Unmeasured, and a Time for Reform

Ostrolenk speaks with Matt Fay, Foreign and Defense Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center on Defense Reform. Fey comments on the Pentagon’s claim that a readiness issue resulted from sequestration. However, Fey argues that such an assertion is difficult to prove, given that the Pentagon does not utilize adequate metrics to measure readiness, relying on input, rather than output, indicators. Further elaborating on various structural issues, Fey speculates on if we are at a time of Pentagon reform.

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The Interests For Which We Intervene

American-Foreign-Policy-Military-Intervention-Kevin-KreneckOstrolenk speaks with Paul Saunders, Executive Director of the Center for National Interests, on US military intervention. Saunders sets out by explaining how American conventional wisdom has become set on fixing every problem and righting every wrong. This ambitious foreign policy, however, is based on intentions rather than results. Saunders argues that we should intervene only when the cost is low, the probability of success is high, and the results will demonstrably benefit the United States.

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#FeinWisdom: Hillary’s Email

HillaryOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her personal email for work-related communication. Most troubling to Bruce is the lack of transparency, as well as lack of security, in Mrs. Clinton’s actions. This behavior, he concludes, is an example of our government’s trend towards unchecked power.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at:

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: ISIS and US Intelligence

US Intelligence (1)Ostrolenk discusses with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein the flawed U.S. approach towards ISIS, and the Middle East at large. Fein points to the fact that the United States has both propped up oppressive regimes, and chronically inflated the threat of international terrorism, ultimately undermining our efforts. He concludes by analyzing the U.S.’s moral obligation to help establish stability in the Middle East, versus the feasibility.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at:

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker  John Boehner of Ohio, to make a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the context of Netanyahu’s upcoming address to the U.S. Congress, Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why the U.S. should not seek the Prime Minister’s advice in charting policy towards Iran. Rather, the U.S. should seek bilateral relations of interest, lead by example instead of pursuing regime change, and recognize that Iran is likely to respond to the incentives that the U.S. provides.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at:

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

Julie Borowski, Policy Analyst from Freedom Works talks about DoD spending reform

 Julie Borowski , Policy Analyst from Freedom Works talks about DoD spending reform.

On the show we discuss:

  • Tea Party, Libertarian and Conservative efforts to reign in Pentagon bloat
  • Republicans and DoD spending
  • Cold War mentality vs. Forward Thinking
  • Non-interventionism and not policing the world
  • Veronique De Rugy on Defense spending and the Free Market 
  • Audit of the Department of Defense

Elza Maalouf on Memetic Patterns in the Middle East

Elza S. Maalouf is the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Human Emergence-Middle East. She was born in Lebanon and is a former attorney and business executive. Elza is now leading innovation within the Arab world to identify complex thinking that will unblock many of the stalemates and facilitate the emergence of Arabs into their 21st century Renaissance. She is engaged in various integral projects in Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian Territories and Kuwait.
On the show we cover:
* Spiral Dynamics and Memetics 
* Deep Listening Tour of Israel & Palestine: Indigenous Intelligence
* Natural Design based on contours of culture and life conditions:  Build Palestine Initiative
* Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: What’s now, what’s next?
* Hezbollah in Lebanon: cultural wars & religious conflicts
*  Syrian: Geography of memetic conflict
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Derek Leebaert on U.S. Foreign Policy

 Derek Leebaert, who has taught foreign policy at Georgetown University for fifteen years, is a partner in the Swiss management consulting firm, MAP AG. His previous books include The Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Shapes Our World (2002) and To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations from Achilles to Al Qaeda (2006). He is also a coauthor of the MIT Press trilogy on the information technology revolution, and a founding editor of International Security and The International Economy, as well as editorial board member of European Security. He served in the US Marine Corps Reserve and is a director of the U.S. Army Historical Foundation, Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and of other public service institutions.

In the interview we discuss;

– Command and Control Management philosophy applied to foreign policy
–  Can the U.S.  fix the world; creating it in our image?
– Vietnam and Afghanistan- a critique
– Use of Special Operations Forces
– Neoconservatism
– Iran, the U.S. and Israel
– State propaganda and an informed citizenry
-Asia Pivot
-A more traditional foreign policy as the U.S. way forward
– A new paradigm of engaging the world: Post industrial / Post Command and Control ?

O’Brien, DuBois, & Ostrolenk on Intelligence Reform

In this special edition of the Michael Ostrolenk Show, Michael co-hosts Power Peace Radio with Rob DuBois.  Their guest is intelligence expert Peter O’Brien and they discuss improving national security intelligence by learning from past mistakes as well as implementing an interdisciplinary team approach and using different types of thinking.

Peter O’Brien has more than 30 years of successful leadership, management and planning experience in leading organizations from a handful to several thousand, from a single site to orchestrating simultaneous operations at three-dozen locations on four separate continents. Mr. O’Brien’s Navy career included ten years at sea, more than a dozen years stationed overseas and multiple deployments, providing the opportunity to study, practice and execute the widest possible range of leadership and planning skills. He has participated in planning and execution of military operations from the tactical to the strategic level in the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia. He is a recognized SME in strategic planning, intelligence, the Middle East and the Far East.

Powerful Peace, Live from DC

SPECIAL EDITION: D.C. needs solutions; Robert DuBois has them. America’s policymakers brought the author of Powerful Peace to Washington so they could learn in person this Retired Navy SEAL’s game-changing “lessons on peace from a lifetime at war.” The Michael Ostrolenk show is bringing to you exclusive audio from this live briefing—before an audience of those shaping the future direction of the United States—held on September 5, 2012 in our nation’s capital.