Thursday, June 10, 2010

CNAS action: it's FAAAAAAAAAANtastic!

(If you don't understand this post title, what the hell have you been watching on TV for the last 30 years?!)

This afternoon is CNAS' big annual blowout at the Willard in downtown DC. Along with Michele Flournoy, Exum, and the other usual suspects, 80% of the Ink Spots crew will be in attendance (or alternatively, 100% of the people who actually post at Ink Spots. BURN!). I'll be trying to tweet some updates (@InkSptsGulliver), though cell service is pretty terrible down in that basement.

Say hello if you see me. I look just like the dude in the tri-corner hat on my Twitter page.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, you can watch the whole thing on the internet here.


  1. What a sharp contrast to the previous post. "Spare more thoughts for the troops I'm visiting." Meanwhile the "experts" at CNAS will be pimpin at the Willard so a bunch of adoring fans can stroke them off and swoon over their intellect.

  2. Well, I for one don't plan on stroking anyone off or swooning over anyone's intellect. But everybody's got their own thing, I guess.

  3. Have fun. I'm sure it will be an impressive event.

    If you have the chance, then you can voice my thoughts on the need to turn the military function of small wars back over to SF and concentrate on FID. I'm not adverse to Dr. Nagl's Advisory Corps to compliment that approach as long as it remains a dual track like maneuver and FAO used to be.

  4. Mike, a couple people actually did talk about the importance of FID,and suggested that it was the likely future of engagement in other nations. I believe it was during the "Obama's Engagement Strategy" panel, though I'm hard-pressed to recall who specifically it was. (There were a lot of people who spoke today!)

  5. I'm glad that the conversation has started. My best guess is that we'll see a lot of heavy fighting over the next year, and then we'll begin to transition to an SF led FID effort. The effects over the next ten years combined with a robust state dept effort could result in a decent resolution.