Three Reasons for Transpartisanship, #ORadio Mental Musings

tumblr_inline_nau948PxO51rgeiy3Ostrolenk talks about the three general purposes of transpartisanship: humanizing the political process, finding common ground, and creating space in the body politic for new ideas to emerge.

Transpartisan leadership; inner development, #ORadio Mental Musings

leadership-transitionOstrolenk speaks on transpartisan leadership and focuses on the importance of inner development for the next generation of leaders. Inner development refers to an individual’s ability to cultivate emotional and intellectual intelligence, develop skills in effective and efficient thinking, and seek to understand other’s world views. Ostrolenk expresses that in addition to developing for one’s own leadership, true leaders also aim to train the next generation of leaders.

Transpartisan – Means and Ends, #ORadio Mental Musings

teamwork3Ostrolenk speaks on transpartisanship and how prioritizing the ends over the means can be an efficient way to collaborate. In working across the aisle, it’s likely that others agree with the ends you seek, but may not agree on the means. If you are curious and flexible to compromise on the means, it is often possible to obtain the ends that both parties desire.

Col. Douglas Macgregor on U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy for the Next President #ORadio

macgregorOstrolenk speaks with Col. Douglas Macgregor on the U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense advice he would offer to the next President. Col. Macgregor gives an overview of the strategic objectives of Russia and China and how neither is the imminent threat we may believe them to be. Col. Mcgregor also presents that many countries can afford to protect themselves and that America should explore where it makes sense to remove ground troops. Finally, he would advise the future President that not every military action in the Middle East is directed at the U.S.; while the United States can protect its own borders from ISIS, the U.S. will not be able to defeat ISIS abroad. With these considerations and many other examples detailed, Col. Macgregor ultimately stresses that the United States cannot, and should not, be everywhere: global military hegemony is unaffordable, but regional military dominance when needed, is obtainable.
To learn more about Col. Macgregor, you can follow him on Twitter @MacgregorDoug and check out his newest book: Margin of Victory (

Mindfulness for the Warrior Community, #ORadio

adArmor Down, an organization that provides mindfulness training to warriors and transitioning veterans. Armor Down is also the organization behind Mindful Memorial Day, an annual event at the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. that seeks to honor every fallen service member since September 11th, 2001. In doing this they hang a yellow ribbon with the name of each fallen warrior and then provide each ribbon to a visitor of the memorial. This year they will hang 6,852 ribbons. The event will take place on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend and will require the help and dedication of volunteers to carryout our responsibility of honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our country. To learn more about how you can help and volunteer, visit Mindful Memorial Day’s website:


Matt Fay on Acquisition Reform, #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Matt Fay, Defense Policy Analyst for Niskanen Center, on the process of the military’s weaponry acquisition and the need for acquisition reform. Fay explains that in the military service acts largely alone in defining requirements for new weapons, often resulting in orders that are unrealistic and beyond our technological capabilities. With few to no checks and balances in weaponry acquisition, this often wastes tax payer dollars and leads to inefficiencies, as Fay details through past examples. To learn more about Matt Fay’s work and acquisition reform, read his articles: Fixing Defense Acquisition Requires Fixing the Requirements Process (, The US Should Never Develop Another Joint Fighter (, and The “Bow Wave” and the Military Balance (, and follow him on Twitter.

The F-35: Putting Technology before Ideas, #ORadio

photo (3)Ostrolenk speaks with Dan Grazier, a Jack Shanahan Fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, on the F-35 and specifically its different variants, challenges faced in replacing other aircraft, and why the American taxpayer should care. Unlike the John Boyd perspective on military reform, which Grazier explains in more detail, the F-35 places significant emphasis on hardware, rather than the people and ideas that should drive aircraft creation. The F-35 was created to replace much of the current aircraft used by the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, as an all-in-one fighter plane, bomber, and air support platform. However, in trying to create one aircraft to serve all these purposes, the F-35 had to cater to too many objectives to do any one of them well. Additionally, building an aircraft that seeks multiple purposes makes its creation and maintenance more expensive. Grazier advocates for a less complicated system of aircraft building that instead focuses on specific use, ultimately leading to greater efficiency. To learn more about Dan Grazier and his work, visit the Project on Government Oversight’s website:

MetaIntegral: A Vision for Humanity’s Future

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 10.18.59 PMOstrolenk speaks with Sean Esbjörn-Hargens Ph.D and founder of MetaIntegral, which draws on many disciplines to develop a theory for all of reality. Esbjörn-Hargens details his educational and professional experiences that inspired him to develop MetaIntegral, which includes a foundation that funds innovative integral projects, an association that works to improve businesses, and the academy that trains integral leaders. Esbjörn-Hargens describes some of the methodology behind MetaIntegral’s approach, and how they have made that theory in to actionable steps for humankind to start working together. To learn more about Esbjörn-Hargens’ publications and work, visit MetaIntegral’s website:

Declassifying the 28-Pages, #FeinWisdom

28pages-banner-mobileOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the “28 pages,” a Congressional report from 2002 which points to foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. Although many are calling for President Obama to declassify this document, Fein points out that the ability to do so lies with Congress. Congress, despite empty promises to publish the 28 pages, has failed to do so. This lack of action is not only denying American citizens their right to information, but preventing the families of 9/11 victims from pursuing justice.

Roger Gordon on Food Cowboy, #ORadio

foodcowboyOstrolenk speaks with Roger Gordon, founder of Food Cowboy, which connects food unwanted by retailers and food banks, in an effort to prevent food waste and provide food to those in need. Millions of tons of food are wasted annually before reaching retailers and although recent legislation has created greater incentives for companies to donate, logistical barriers to donation still exist. Food Cowboy works to address these issues, including a smart phone application that allows food transporters to connect with a pantry that is able to take unwanted food. Gordon also discusses that in order to address food waste and eliminate hunger, a change in culture is needed. For this Food Cowboy has also started a No Waste Promise public awareness campaign to get people involved. To learn more about the work of Food Cowboy and get involved, visit their website: