The experts come to roost

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The experts come to roost

obiwanLike most mil­i­tary mem­bers, I was delighted to hear that James Mat­tis and Mike Rogers were being con­sid­ered for key posi­tions in the Trump admin­is­tra­tion. What you’ll hear the next few days is that Mat­tis is a blood-​and-​guts Marine and Rogers is an out­go­ing spook. The media misses the big­ger rea­sons why Trump would want these men on his team.

First, Trump’s biggest con­cern is ISIS. Mat­tis and Rogers have been fight­ing Islamic ter­ror­ism the entire time they’ve worn stars on their shoul­ders. Both were effec­tive too: Mat­tis won hard fought vic­to­ries in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Rogers retooled the Sig­nals Intel­li­gence sys­tem to root out extrem­ist networks.

mattisWords of wis­dom to follow

Both men are incred­i­bly smart. Mat­tis is incred­i­bly well read about his­tory, and in his words “there is noth­ing new under the sun.” He’s often thought of as a mod­ern day Sulla, or if you want a Star Wars ref­er­ence, Grand Admi­ral Thrawn. Rogers has been in cyber and sig­nals intel­li­gence his entire career, and from work­ing with him per­son­ally, he can fol­low any tech­ni­cal dis­cus­sion thrown at him.

uncryingIt’s prob­a­bly true…

Nei­ther man hes­i­tates to shake things up, includ­ing fir­ing peo­ple. Sadly, our mil­i­tary has grown accus­tomed to never fir­ing offi­cers unless they drive drunk or surf porn at work. Mat­tis fired a colonel in Iraq that wasn’t push­ing his men hard enough to take Bagh­dad. Rogers shook up the National Secu­rity Agency by redesign­ing it in the NSA-​21 ini­tia­tive, includ­ing iden­ti­fy­ing poor per­form­ing struc­tures and personnel.

Trump can’t go wrong with either of these men. If he gives them the tools to run their respec­tive orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing expanded pow­ers to fire peo­ple, he’ll be well on his way to win­ning America’s wars again.


This post solely rep­re­sents the views of the author and does not rep­re­sent offi­cial views of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, National Secu­rity Agency, or any other por­tion of the US Gov­ern­ment. It’s also slightly biased because I worked for Admi­ral Rogers before, and he’s awesome.


If you want more memes of Admi­ral Rogers as a total cyber badass, try check­ing out my web­site.

obiwanLike most military members, I was delighted to hear that James Mattis and Mike Rogers were being considered for key positions in the Trump administration. What you’ll hear the next few days is that Mattis is a blood-and-guts Marine and Rogers is an outgoing spook. The media misses the bigger reasons why Trump would want these men on his team.

First, Trump’s biggest concern is ISIS. Mattis and Rogers have been fighting Islamic terrorism the entire time they’ve worn stars on their shoulders. Both were effective too: Mattis won hard fought victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Rogers retooled the Signals Intelligence system to root out extremist networks.

mattisWords of wisdom to follow

Both men are incredibly smart. Mattis is incredibly well read about history, and in his words “there is nothing new under the sun.” He’s often thought of as a modern day Sulla, or if you want a Star Wars reference, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Rogers has been in cyber and signals intelligence his entire career, and from working with him personally, he can follow any technical discussion thrown at him.

uncryingIt’s probably true…

Neither man hesitates to shake things up, including firing people. Sadly, our military has grown accustomed to never firing officers unless they drive drunk or surf porn at work. Mattis fired a colonel in Iraq that wasn’t pushing his men hard enough to take Baghdad. Rogers shook up the National Security Agency by redesigning it in the NSA-21 initiative, including identifying poor performing structures and personnel.

Trump can’t go wrong with either of these men. If he gives them the tools to run their respective organizations, including expanded powers to fire people, he’ll be well on his way to winning America’s wars again.


This post solely represents the views of the author and does not represent official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, National Security Agency, or any other portion of the US Government. It’s also slightly biased because I worked for Admiral Rogers before, and he’s awesome.


If you want more memes of Admiral Rogers as a total cyber badass, try checking out my website.