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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Comparing my Time Battleland post on the new US cyber strategy with my World Politics Review column on the same subject

Reader Brad Hancock jumps at the chance to compare my recent Battleland post on the new US cyber strategy with my just-published World Politics Review column.

Mr. Hancock comments at my Globlogization site that:

Compare this piece in WPR to the one Barnett wrote for Time on the same subject three weeks ago. Time readers were

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Does al-Qaeda go the way of AIDS?

Nice piece in WAPO about Ayman al-Zawahiri taking over al-Qaeda from the recently assassinated Osama bin Laden. Story leads with remembrances from a guy who knew him back in the day:

He was arrogant, angry and extreme in his ideas,” said Azzam, 40, son of a radical Palestinian ideologue who had become bin Laden’s mentor. “He

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The CIA-After-Next: Who’s Gonna Run This World

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates has done a lot of good things over his tenure: he carved out a bureaucratic space for the small-wars crowd (Army, Marines, SOF) and he engineered the Navy-Air Force Full Employment Act (otherwise known as the AirSea Battle Concept) to keep the rest of the Building happy; he was tough enough on …

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