Thomas P. M. Barnett

Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy's premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI, where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi - the father of "network-centric warfare." After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security, which later morphed into a New York Times-bestseling book, "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century" (2004). Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has amassed a number of duties in the private sector: running his own consultancy, Barnett Consulting LLP; serving as senior managing director to the technology firm, Enterra Solutions LLC; acting as chief analyst for the online strategic community, Wikistrat Ltd. (and editing their biweekly globalization report, the "CoreGap Bulletin"); writing as contributing editor for Esquire magazine and posting to its The Politics Blog; writing his own blog ("Thomas P.M. Barnett's Globlogization") and a weekly column for World Politics Review ("The New Rules"); working as senior consultant to the political-risk firm, Eurasia Group; and serving as Executive Vice President of the New York- and Beijing-based Center for America-China Partnership. Barnett completed his "Pentagon's New Map" trilogy with the volumes, "Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating" (2005), and "Great Powers: America and the World After Bush" (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University. He is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting his strategy work with both private- and public-sector enterprises.

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Interesting WAPO piece today on advances in drone technology, the basic line being, we’re not all that far from drones doing their killing on their own. Story leads with a description of a successful test wherein drones communicate with each other and zero in on a colored object. You can easily do the extrapolation to …

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Our Silent Partner Everywhere We Intervene – China

That’s how I like to describe it. Whether we like it or not – much less admit it, every time we show up somewhere in tumult, the Chinese are already there or soon to show up. They will be making the big investments (like that $3-4B on a copper mine in Afghanistan) and they will be winning the big extractive contracts (like with both …

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