"Thanks for the comment, Lauren! Can you put your finger on what bugged you about him? I got the book as a loaner from a friend in uniform, and just finished it. I was struck by the fact that he seemed like a very driven human being. I…"
"So it's a bit over-used and cliche, but I like that phrase, "Not all who wander are lost..." Sometimes the walk away is what is needed to really dig into an area that you've been trying to find the courage to jump into. The…"
"Good topic, J. and one that I think deserves a lot more debate than it is currently getting -- particularly as the U.S. transitions out of two wars and has a battle-tested corps of good men and women whose leaders, in some instances, are looking to…"
"This is a very interesting topic. I never gave this much thought, actually. I do have to agree that I tend to also see that NGOs/Workers are generally better trained and more adept in reading what to do contextually on certain situations. As for…"
"Pia I think it would be interesting but alot of it depends on the type of on the ground leadership you have in that particular situation. In the case of Haiti, it happened as mere accident that LTG Keen was in country for his visit with advisors…"
"Just out of curiosity, are all of these "paper" manuals, so to speak? Or, are any of them interactive so as to capitalize on the enormous wealth of information that is already out there both in print and on-line? I feel like the average…"
"This is a great topic and one that I think gets lost in the bureaucratic shuffle for a lot of reasons...including that everyone thinks it's someone else's responsibility. I've seen this discussion bump from the HR people to…"
"As a wife of a traveling humanitarian worker with two kids under 4, I would say it is possible but it needs serious limits and serious supports. For us the support exists in the form of moving to Cambodia - so my partner can travel and I have some…"
"It is definitely an interesting debate. I'm aware of some of the trainings, and principles, and workshops, etc. via OCHA or InterAction (in the U.S.) and various inside-gov "coordination" units and others are putting out there…"
"The issue with the military is that they are typically given their mandate by the politics that are taking place in their respective capital. Having worked on the U.S. military response in Haiti, the issue was pressure for the military to do more…"