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So Now What?

What Will America's Future Bring?

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So Now What?

This being the end of the year, we thought that rather than give you another Signal Corps story to chew your way through—with that post-New Year hangover you still have—we would provide you with something easier for you to read… something you can get your head around, so to speak. As an alternative to more stories about the Army and war, we decided instead to craft an article for you that tries to assess where we all are in this world… all of us: you, me, the guy next door, that lousy kid that your granddaughter seems to be dating, and everyone else in this country for that matter.

Our thought is that after the turmoil of the last election, and with the continuing drama being foisted upon us by those who live, breath and practice identity politics, it’s time to take stock of where we are in the world… look back over what the past 8 years brought us, and try to figure out where we are going from here. So, while next month we’ll have a great new Signal Corps story for you to read, for now we ask you to kick back, read what we have written; designed to make you ponder what changes are ahead for America.

To keep your reading light, we’ve segmented our thoughts into three areas that we think synopsize where our country is in the world right now; the topics we write of below cover International, Military and Civilian matters. Reading them, you will find yourself developing your own view as to whether humanity—and America—is moving in the right direction or not.

To help you round out that view, we have added a fourth article to these three. Called What’s Next? it summarizes what the prior three topics have in common, and there from suggests a viewpoint which will help you judge the world that is coming.

Read our topics in any order you wish; for your consideration this new year, we present the following articles:

1. Is China Preparing To Fill America’s Shoes, And Do We Even Care? Go...

2. Is the Pentagon On Our Side, Or Their Own? Go...

3. What Happened to America’s Education System? Go...

4. What’s Next? Go...

1. Is China Preparing To Fill America’s Shoes, And Do We Even Care?

As a young strapping man of the world—freshly back from my tour of duty in Vietnam—I took a vacation to Barbados. There I sampled every form of rum man could make, lay on the beach warming my war zone harrowed body, and savored being alive.

One day, as I unpeeled myself from the pink sands of my favorite beach spot on Bottom Bay, to go find another bottle of Pineapple Rum, I nearly bumped into an old man walking towards me.

Bottom Bay, BarbadosShowing bleached white skin everywhere, I knew immediately he was not a native; instead, I reasoned, he must have been a European. Only someone who lived full time in the lousy weather they have in Europe could possibly be that white. So, needing a drinking companion for the day, I hailed him with a hello.

In short order I learned that he came from Germany, and was… as I was… on vacation. After a chat or two we got around to talking about German–American relations. At that point I told him a story of a German friend of mine who could barely stand talking to me, because I was an American, and he… as a German… was, like so many other Germans… sick and tired of the politicians that run his country cow towing and caving in to every demand America made on Germany.

Back in those days Helmut Kohl was Chancellor of Germany. Recognizing that Germany needed the U.S. to protect its interests in the world, especially against Russia, Chancellor Kohl acted—as far as the German people were concerned—as a sycophant, towards the U.S.

For the Germans, an exceptionally proud people with a great heritage that goes back over 1,500 years to 481—when they came together as a nation during the Frankish Period—to be taking orders from the United States was just too much to swallow. Sure, that little Adolph Hitler period of 12 years put a tarnish on the souls of the German people… but it was only 12 years, you know. Did they now have to live under the thumb of America’s quasi-imperialist leanings forever?

So troubling was the fact that Kohl refused to stand up to America that almost any German you spoke with back then would argue that America was the culprit, rather than the obsequiousness of their leaders. As for me, having many German friends, when they complained over and over again about how we had taken their independence away, I took to telling them bluntly that the problem was not of our making, but theirs. I told them that if they really didn’t like America telling them how to live their lives, all they had to do was grow a set of balls and tell us to shut down our military bases, cancel the lend lease funding we were providing them with, leave their country, and let them have at it on their own.

Plantation Pineapple RumAs my new found German beach friend and I settled in with a sun warmed bottle of Plantation’s Pineapple Rum to share between us, I launched into my problem with German’s who thought that their lack of resolve in taking control of their own country was our fault, not theirs. I told him that frankly, we American’s were tired of being the world’s policeman, of being the ones who were called on to define the value system others should hold, of being the ones who were expected to, first, step forward and lend money to struggling countries whose economies were moribund due to their own corruption and nepotism, and second, to be the ones the world looked to, to send our own soldiers to fight their wars and sort out the messes they created.

With a wry smile, he looked at me, took a sip from the bottle we shared, and said in a heavy German accent, “But don’t you know you have to do this?”

“You, you Americans… you have to do this. This is your job. No other country is strong enough to take on this job… certainly not my little war torn Germany… not to mention the fact that after what we did in World War II no country would follow our lead, or absorb as their value system the one we just finished showing the world.

“You have to do this. Only America has developed a value system worth following, and so now it is your job to tell us what values we should have. Only America, my friend” he said.

“So forget about your silly German friends and their complaints about what weak leadership we have. This is America’s job… to be the world’s policeman and the world’s conscience. If you don’t do this work, no one will.”

Looking back on it now, what he said made sense. The world needed then, and still does today, a country that can set the bar when it comes to how people on this planet should live with each other… a country that could and will provide the kind of social, economic, military and political leadership the peoples of the world need if we are to live in freedom; without tyranny or fear of our fellow man.

But that was then. The question is, as the date turns from 2016 to 2017, does the world still need that kind of leadership and commitment from America? Commitment to step forward and do the job needed, versus just sitting back and proselytizing; versus patting ourselves on the back but doing nothing when it comes to stepping forward and setting the example, by doing what needs to be done, dirty though it may be?

The case of China and her recent geo-political activities begs that this question be answered. China is preparing to fill America’s shoes. Should we let it?

We’ll let you decide, but in our view without U.S. leadership not only is the West in danger of not being able to survive—culturally, socially, and with good morals and values—but so too are the countries of Asia, Southeast Asia and Austral-Asia.

Already people are saying that with Donald Trump as our new President, America will defocus its efforts as they relate to being the world’s policeman, guarantor, economic foundation and value setter. From now on, every country is going to have to fend for itself, and if that’s the case you can be sure that the first thing that will get tossed to the wayside will be development of a value system that favors people as a harmonious society, as opposed to individuals—and countries—out to line their own pockets.

The West as defined by AmericaThis may sound a bit extreme, but if one stops to consider that it was America that defined and set the norm for that part of society that we now call the “West,” one can see this to be true. That is, the West, as we now know it, connotes a term that describes the transatlantic world that emerged from the 20th century’s two world wars, as redefined by America during the four-decade Cold War, with regard to what the international world order should be. During this entire period America dominated the world, and in the process defined what society would be, and how both countries and the people that populated them should act—until now. The West then, as we know it now, is transatlantic, and we made it that way. It is a child of the 20th century, one that America created.

The important point here is that the West was founded on America’s commitment to come to the defense of any country in this transatlantic region—not just its allies­—striving towards the dual goals of societal good and freedom for its peoples. As to what societal good entailed, it centered around a set of freedoms first envisioned in this same part of the world: freedom from want and persecution, freedom to think and speak of what one thinks, and freedom to practice whatever sort of religion one might wish.

If one looks back on what has been accomplished since America set out to attain this goal, one can say that the Western order as we know it today would not exist without the U.S. having played this crucial role.

Is this good or bad? Is the world—or at least the West—in a better state today because America acted as the world’s policeman? And is this a role America should continue to play?

Knowing too that America has played a similar yet less domineering role in the East, should America double down and be the world's policeman not just for the West, but for the East too? And if it is to do so, should it develop a unified platform of principles to follow around the world, rather than have one set of principles for the West and another for the East? 

Or is it time for America to step back from this task and let another country take it on? A country like China, who sits ready to jump in not only where America fails, but when America shirks its duties.

When the question is formed this way, one cannot help but think that this is a role America must continue to play, for if not, the future of the West, as well as the East, will be at stake and up for taking by any number of unpleasant actors.

Carry a big stick...Let us use China as an example then. If President Trump allows former President Obama’s policy of isolationist nationalism to dominate his administration, as it had Obama’s, then the global leadership power vacuum that the Obama administration created during its 8 years in office will become even larger and stronger. Already the world has come to realize that carrying the title of the world’s most powerful country means nothing if the people who wield that power refuse to use it. The example of the “red line” that was set for Assad proved this point for the world to see: being powerful is one thing, using it is another. Talking loudly while carrying a stick that you are afraid to use is nowhere near as effective as talking softly but carrying Roosevelt's big stick... and using it to promote your principles and values.

What will President Trump do?

For one thing, we know that he will use the power that lay behind the name America as the foundation for negotiating deals (as he likes to call them) that are in our best interest. That is, he will bluff his way to a better negotiated position by threatening strong actions if the opposing country does not concede on the points that matter to him. That's what businessmen do. But even if he does this, what then?

If, say, President Trump threatens to support greater freedom for Taiwan if China does not give up its expansionist activities in the South China Sea, will he actually carry through with his threat—and push the world to the brink of a war between the U.S. and China by not only standing by Taiwan but tossing China’s military off of the islands they recently militarized—or will he cave in, afraid to use the stick we gave him, to carry the day?  

Continued at top of page, COLUMN AT RIGHT

 

 


 

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This page last updated 1 January 2017. New content is constantly being added. Please check back frequently.

Update 1 January Received this past 22 December was an update on one of our missing Candidates. Candidate David Mayer III, a graduate of Class 07-52, Section C (on June 2, 1952), dropped us a note to let us know he was alive and well, living in England. In his time since OCS Candidate Mayer has gone on to win the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship award, as well as author several books on theatre and art. Click here to read his bio, or visit his Class Page here.

Update 1 January Received an update on the passing of Candidate Michael Bulavko, of Class 10-42. You can read his mini-bio here, and check out his Class page here. It's worth looking at both... first, Michael not only left the world with a great legacy, but also a son who serves the Army too. Second, his class page is impressive for the number of graduates it produced: 893. Think about it... 893 Army Signal Corps Officers from one class, many of which gave their all for our country. God rest these great American heroes, all.

Update 8 December Just received an updated mini-bio from Candidate Robert L. Fisher, OCS Class 10-67. We've posted it on a private bio page for him, along with a picture he sent along. Be sure to read it! Either click on his OCS Class Page, and then on his highlighted name on the page to get to it, or click here to jump directly to his bio page.

Update 1 December – In early November we received a copy of the Class Picture for Army Signal OCS Class 66-17A. H. Don Hamilton of that class, working with Major (R) Green, managed to find one and send it along to us.

We've finally got it posted on the Class Page, so click here to see it. And... if you have a few pictures from your own class, or your time in the service, send them along to us and we'll add them to your Class Page.

 

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You see, there are two matters at play here. The first is obviously the issue of using the threat of closer ties between the U.S. and Taiwan to cajole China into pulling back from its effort to turn the South China Sea into its own bathtub, while the second has to do with all of those nice but sticky things relating to America promulgating its value system around the world.

You remember that stuff… the stuff that over the past 100 years turned the West from the basket case it was in to what it is today? The idea of America playing the world’s policeman, and in the process making the world a better place? If, as President Trump goes out to the world at large and employs his negotiating skills to attain economic value for America, he does not also focus on how he will support the promulgation of freedom and democracy—instilling, and where necessary, forcing the acceptance of peaceful values in society at large—then he may lose on both ends. That is, in the case of the example we just gave regarding America and China, if Trump loses the negotiations he might also further tarnish America’s global leadership role to the extent that the East continues to turn away from America, as it is now doing.

If America is no longer able to guarantee Western and Eastern countries’ security, or defend an international order based on an American driven value system that breeds through globalization, then all is lost. The bad guys will—eventually—take over the world.

Further, unlike his BFF Putin, Trump does not have the luxury of taking an imperial approach when it comes to making the world safer while he embarks on his quest to make America great again. Instead, he needs to hit the ground running, but do so in a way that guarantees the backing of Congress and that element of the American people that is most vocal in the media. Without this, he will be “negotiating” with one arm tied behind his back.

President Obama has already told him bluntly to deal cautiously with China. Coming from a man that was used by China to mop the floor of the East, if Trump chooses to ignore this advice he may be doing himself a favor. The truth is, it is China that is most in need of a friendly America. It’s economy is in near free fall, its economic foundation (based on export, not local consumption) is a mess, its people don’t trust their own government, the value of the only assets the people of China have (their homes) is sitting on a bubble, currency flight is rampant, corruption, while tamped down in some quarters, is popping up in others, and on, and on.

The problems the heads of China’s government face are enormous and plenty. The last thing they need is a fight with Donald Trump. Yet that’s exactly what Donald Trump should take to them: a fight for their lives.

If President Trump’s goal is to make America great again by winning economic encounters with the rest of the world, then China is the place to start. Economic gains can quickly be had there… if Trump plays his cards right.

Trump has already pledged to scrap the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, a decision that many say would be a mistake as it would force the U.S. to negotiate individual treaties with individual countries. Considering that this is exactly what China is doing right now regarding access to and control over the South China Sea, following this approach on economic and trade issues would allow President Trump to negotiate­—tit for tat­—better deals with each country involved than that which China is offering to them.

Note here that we are suggesting that he negotiate economic and trade matters with each country, on an individual basis. But when it comes to the issue of “America the policeman,” we feel he should not approach these countries on an individual basis, but draw them into a “value and principles” cooperative/collective. That is, if they join America under an overarching security umbrella designed to thwart China’s South China Sea expansion efforts—among other things—we will grant them better terms in the economic “deals” they negotiate with us, individually. This one-two punch combination should help bring the countries of the East over to our side, as well as lead to each slowly building a better value system of their own making.

On one hand then, the economic aspects of the make America great again goal will be gained via individual economic and trade negotiations,  the sweetness of which each country will be able to further tweak to their benefit if they also subscribe to America’s dual, principled goals of societal good and freedom for the world's peoples.

Even idiots win sometimesOur point is this: America’s position in the world has been diminished. Many countries no longer have respect for us, never mind hold us in awe as they used to. Regardless of how we got here, unless America regains the moral high ground it will never be great again. Think of Charlie Sheen and you will see what we mean: winning is one thing, having class is another. For America, winning all of the economic and trade negotiations the world holds may make us a country of plenty, but it will never restore us to the position of being society’s principled, ethical, moral leader. That can only be done if America once again starts acting as though it values those values.

As this year transitions from 2016 to 2017, make no mistake about it: Europe is far too weak and divided to act in America’s stead… not strategically, not economically and not when it comes to setting principled examples for societal behavior. The same is true for the countries of Asia, Southeast Asia and Austral-Asia. Without U.S. leadership, neither the West nor the East can survive. Thus, the Western world as virtually everyone knows it, and the rising Eastern world too, with all of its beauty and hope for humanity, will—when it comes to the moral principles that should govern society’s behavior—most certainly perish before our eyes.

So what comes next? While in Europe nationalism is taking control, and if not properly guided with pressure from America’s big stick, may cause the continent to once again revert to war; in China there is no doubt: China is preparing to fill America’s shoes. Should we let it, or is there still a role for America to play in guaranteeing world peace and setting the norms for societal principles and values?

2. Is the Pentagon On Our Side, Or Their Own?

If America is to work to guarantee world peace, and both set up and reinforce societal value systems along the way, it must be prepared to go to war to do so. This, presumably, is why the DoD and the Pentagon exist… to create and sustain the ability for America to go to war.

To go to war however, the Pentagon needs a fighting force that will follow its direction. Based on some of the sketchy things the Pentagon has been up to over the past few years, we wonder if it is still able to complete this mission. That is, is it still able to hold the fighting man’s respect as it used to?

How's in charge?As we head into this new year, keep your eye on the DoD and see if the new administration that is only now taking its seat will give the men who lead the Pentagon the head they need to reinvigorate the DoD’s standards of behavior, reinforce the principled virtues we expect of it, and reestablish those dictates of conscience that made all of us veterans proud to be such. Watch, as the coming years pass, and see if the DoD restores the credibility this fine institution is beginning to lose.

What credibility problems does the DoD and Pentagon have, you ask? In our view, quite a few.

As an example, we might first start with the issue of the general who retired from the Army in 2011 with the rank of a four-star general, the highest rank an Army officer can achieve… only to find himself demoted for sharing classified information with his lover. What in God’s name is the purpose of having a regulation that prohibits Officers from having extramarital affairs if the generals at the top are doing just that? And why on earth are there still people in stockades for not properly handling classified materials, if this guy can get away with what he did? Either he should be sitting in a cell next to them, or else everyone should be freed. At the very least, the Pentagon should be rewriting the rules with respect to what kind of punishments military people get if they mishandle classified information.

See what we mean? As this new year comes in, and the Trump administration sets off on its tour of duty, we should all keep an eye on what is going on in the Pentagon, and whether or not they get busy righting the boat they have been letting water seep into.

How about another example of past incompetence and negligence? How can a country maintain a fighting force that will follow its military leaders if those military leaders are found to be cooking the books on the matter of enemy intelligence? Here we are referring to the issue of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) altering intelligence reports so that the conclusions drawn would fall in line with what the White House wanted to see and publish to the public. As we said in our September 2016 article on this topic, this is nothing short of treason and someone should hang for it.

Then there is the case of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and the Army’s seeming inability to finish his court martial. We frankly don’t care whether he is found guilty or innocent… but to drag this case on so that the President doesn’t look like a fool for embracing this idiot is beyond belief. And whose fault is it that the kid hasn’t been prosecuted yet? The DoD/Pentagon. Come on guys, if you want the soldiers that slog the field of battle to follow your commands, how about cleaning up your act and re-earning their respect.

To us this is troubling. While the guys at the top of the U.S. military slither up to the Commander in Chief to further their career, every EM in the Army is forming the opinion that the DoD is just as corrupt as the any other agency of our government. From their perspective, it doesn’t matter whether you break the law or not, all that matters is who you know. The unfortunate conclusion that one draws from this is that military law is no longer applied on a uniform basis. If you have enough rank and connections, you will get off with nary a reprimand.

Overpressure Blast Gauge SensorWhich brings us to the present. Over the past few days another interesting thing has popped to the surface: reports that the Pentagon has pulled the plug on a research program that was underway, because they didn’t like the results coming out of it. If the media is to be believed, the Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan, to see how best to combat mild traumatic brain injuries.

In its simplest form, the program was designed to help understand more about combat explosion based brain injuries. The intent was to identify how close a service member needed to be to an explosion, and at what concussive force the explosion had to be for the serviceman to sustain a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.

To make this determination the study mounted small wearable devices that measured the force parameters surrounding the soldier. And while the devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure, they also produced evidence that the most worrisome level of exposure to the kinds of blasts that cause brain injuries came not from incoming enemy rounds, but from the blast pressure created by the heavy weapon the soldier was firing.

Gulp. Now what?

Answer: drop the program.

Retired General Peter Chiarelli, who was the Army's Vice Chief of Staff before retiring, said the decision to shut down the research program is “a huge mistake.” He went on to say that mild TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) was the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All told, it affected more than 200,000 troops across these two wars. “Having data from blast sensors could play a very, very important role in helping us understand why an individual has negative effects from a concussion,” Chiarelli said, “or why an individual develops one of the neurodegenerative diseases that seem connected with concussion, everything from ALS, to Parkinson's to dementia and even Alzheimer’s."

As the studies showed, an overpressure of just 5 pounds per square inch can burst an eardrum, while 100 PSI can prove fatal; somewhere in the middle is where most concussions occur. With good data coming from the gauges, why did the Pentagon shut the program down? Surely it cannot be because we were learning that the cause of most Traumatic Brain Injuries are the very guns we ourselves are firing? Nah, that couldn’t be. Our military would not do that to us… turn its back on the facts because they prove inconvenient.  

Carl Gustav Recoilless RifleThe blast gauges are about the size of a quarter. In the program troops would be fitted with three of them, on their helmets and upper bodies. The gauges contain sensors that measure overpressure, the sudden increase in air pressure caused by an explosion. One observer said that he watched as a soldier fired a shoulder-fired rocket. He commented that “that shoulder-fired rocket actually gave him a pretty significant overpressure exposure, just because he was firing it from a bit of a confined space."

When the soldier returned from his mission, he reported that he had a headache. A medic decided to check his gauges, and upon doing so saw that the soldier had been exposed to a significant level of overpressure. With that the medic took the soldier to the hospital to be checked, and low and behold the neuro exam he underwent proved that he had received a significant concussion just from firing his own weapon.

That’s when the higher-ups began looking suspiciously at the conclusions that were beginning to be drawn from the program’s statistics. More to the point, what they saw was that as researchers began looking at the data from the gauges it was becoming more and more clear that the sort of exposure this soldier had undergone was not only common, but led to the same concussive result in nearly every case—a mild form of TBI.

"The majority of exposures were not from improvised explosive devices, as you might expect," says David Borkholder, an engineering professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the founder of the company that made the blast gauges. Instead, he said, the biggest cause of TBI was turning out to be “blast-intensive weapons systems” like recoilless rifles, shoulder-fired rockets, artillery and mortars. A service member on the training range may experience 30 to 300 exposures per day over multiple days per week," he concluded.

So here we have it again… the Pentagon seemingly deciding to sweep things under the rug rather than deal with them... things that need to be dealt with, if the troops are to be taken care of.

Is there any man alive that does not know that blast injuries can be caused by one’s own weapon as well as those of the enemy? Doesn’t everyone already know that there is danger in war, and that negative results from friendly fire occur far more often than is admitted? Why the big deal then? Why hide this information? Does the Pentagon really think that soldiers will stop firing their recoilless rifles because the force might hurt them?

It’s all so absurd. Here the Pentagon has a chance to use the data it is acquiring to design better combat clothing and helmets… perhaps helmets with devices that counteract the concussive force of a shoulder-fired rocket, to stop the soldier firing the weapon from receiving a damaging blow; but instead it opts to stick its head in the sand and hope that a) no one noticed the results that were learned, and b) the problem of TBI will go away.

This again is why we say that as last year morphs into this year, you may want to keep an eye on what’s going on around you. The world is changing, and not necessarily for the better. In some cases the good guys are changing sides. They are moving to the other side of the line that separates good from bad. Let’s hope that this is not the case with our beloved military… especially those in the DoD and Pentagon that we depend on to protect our backsides.

As things stand today, it’s hard to say if they are on our side or their own. After 8 years of constant pressure for the military to think more like the civilian leaders that command them, it is no wonder that they have let identity politics seep into their mind. For many in the Pentagon today being politically correct is more important than having integrity and self worth. So much so that in many cases a man’s self worth is measured by his dedication to political correctness, rather than virtuous thinking and actions.

Having said that, it is also true that the DoD and Pentagon is staffed today with some of the world’s very best souls… good, honest, upright people with character and principles that we all should strive to emulate. These are not the problem children. Instead it is the fools among them who hold counsel with the “learned” politicians that fill our government. Molière once said “A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.” The Pentagon is staffed today with more learned fools than we wish to admit. As these past 8 years segue into the next 4, and American society tries to right itself, keep your eyes on these fools and don’t hesitate to let them know when you see them doing something you don’t agree with.

Which brings us to the next topic by which if you contemplate what has happened to us over the past 8 years, and watch the next 4 years unfold, you will be able to judge if the years ahead are working towards our best interest or against them: education.

3. What Happened to America’s Education System?

If America no longer holds center stage when it comes to economics, politics and leadership, this is doubly so when it comes to education. One wonders: Since the rise of civilization in 3500 BCE (in lower Mesopotamia) people have been educating their children. First parents took on this task, then specialists within society. Over time the means and methods of educating children has grown and expanded. You would think that by now we would have figured out how to do it right.

Seriously. How on earth is it possible that after 5,500+ years of educating our children there can still be some question as to what works and what doesn’t?

As the next 4 years unfold, we should all watch to see how America deals with the despicable situation it finds itself in now…  where it is ranked by the OECD 43rd in education in the world.

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