Unlike characters in science fiction tomes, today's leaders do not have the advantage of traveling to the past to change decisions that led to trouble in the future.
It's rare that an audience of industry and service members at all ranks get the chance to hear first hand from the first of a kind.
"My answer about how to treat pirates? Kill them." --Col. David W. Coffman, USMC, commander, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Today was an exciting day at West 2010--and I'm not talking about the dynamic speakers and exhibitors.
FINALLY -- able to blog from booths because I actually got connected to and by the right people. Thanks, Microsoft! Here's a look at some of the capabilities being demo'ed here.
"They have a black belt in survival."
"We don't spend enough time and energy on what navies do: sea control."
"Ignorance is our biggest vulnerability [in the cyber domain]." --Vice Adm. Carl Mauney, USN, deputy CO, STRATCOM
"I believe that it's more likely that an attack will come from not a bomb off a bomb rack, but instead electrons in cyberspace."
Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman, Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor, and Associate Editor Katie Packard are on site at WEST 2010. Click here to see their blog entries on speakers, technology, and goings-on at the conference.