And Byron sure knows his warfare, because he is what makes a real senior officer (Captain) in the US Navy which we, Soviets/Russians, respected. Commenting on the leaks, Byron introduces himself in the piece at Daily Reckoning:
At this point I must say something: I’m a retired U.S. Navy officer, obliged by law and regulation to state that everything here is personal opinion. I do not speak on behalf of the Navy, Department of Defense or U.S. government. Plus, I’ll add that at this stage of life I’m a humble geologist who moonlights as a newsletter writer. I have no access — zero, zippo, nada, nothing — to classified government material. Thus, everything that follows is based on my review of what’s out in the public domain.
And he proceeds to succinctly review this whole FUBAR with those leaks and provides an excellent bottom line:
Allow me to distill two years of study at the Naval War College into two short sentences:
1) Armies fight battles, but energy, industry and logistics win wars.
2) Modern war is industrial war, certainly when the conflict involves large nations.
Exactly, and this is one of the best distillations of grand strategy, the art, evidently, lost by Washington since Ike stopping the slaughter in Korea in 1953. Read Byron's full piece--it is excellent.