Chet Richards and Tom Barnett On Video

Recently I had the pleasure of viewing video briefs by Dr. Chet Richards (author of Neither Shall the Sword) and Dr. Tom Barnett (author of Blueprint for Action). I watched the Richards brief for myself, while the Barnett presentation was shown to both undergraduate and doctoral level students at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


recently linked to Chet Richards’ new brief, 4GW and Grand Strategy. Tom praised Chet’s work, writing

I read the book this week during take-offs and landings (yes, 14 in all will do it, as the whole thing is 94 pages stem to stern), and it’s a great read. Chet writes with a cleanliness next to Godliness. I will offer a review of sorts soon, maybe this weekend.

For now, check out the slides. Chet’s briefs (remember I saw one in Bergen, Norway last year) are awfully good. Too bad no audio. Chet’s got this Cracker Barrel voice from the 1930s that’s interesting to listen to.

In the discussion for that post, Ole Stromgren noted that short and long video excerpts of Richards presentations are available online. Both are highly recommended.

A while ago, Tom Barnett blew me away with detailed, public answers to questions I asked him for my Creativity, Talent, and Expertise class. With that as a guide, I showed a 15 minute excerpt of his CSPAN American Perspectives presentation to the National Defense University. Reaction from the students, who were master’s and doctoral students in educational psychology, was very positive.

Next, the entirety of the presentation was shown to students of a class I am TAing. Because of the breadth and depth of the material I did not mandate attendance for the entire presentation, but several students did stay from the beginning to end. I am happy to say the criticisms were insightful, and spanned the spectrum of political opinion. Reactions ranged from a student who felt that Barnett did not take resource limitations into account to one who felt that Barnett did not go far enough in calling for a downsized navy. Students who are so engaged, intelligent, and even critical are one of the reasons I love teaching.