Dispatches from the Front: 19 August 2012

Today ends Ramadan.  Previously, I experienced this month long Islamic holiday during the two years deployed in Saudi Arabia.  Back then, it was more of an annoyance than an igniter to increase our threat readiness level.   Not only do we have the Taliban to worry about, recently, there is an increase of Green (Afghan soldiers …

For Those Who Serve (Forgotten Troops)

In my office I have a plaque that Kenny Williams gave me when I decided to leave Joint Forces and move on to work with DISA. I see this almost every day, sometimes I am facing it for hours.    What does it mean? What does it mean to you? What does it mean? As …

Dispatches from the Front: 29 July 2012

... From Ken Friends, In some of the return e-mails, several have asked I not include or discuss the "un-pleasantries of war" in my "Dispatches".  To those kind souls, my advice is to simply delete all future e-mails from me. Unfortunately, I am not in a pleasant place to accommodate such a request.  The truth …

“It boiled down to courage and tenacity”: My “Inbox Interview” with Howard Cohen, Community Manager at DISA Forge.mil and Technologist by Chris Maher

I was interviewed a few weeks back by Chris Maher on Linkedin.  The topic was concerning "Trusted Computing"  and ramblings on security. CM: Howard, as you know, I quoted you at the 2011 NSA Trusted Computing Conference & Exposition: “Well.. I believe in Americans. I believe that when we see various challenges that we individually …

Happy 4th of July (SPECIAL DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD)

Today is the 4th of July.   What does it mean to you?  Joni Douglas writes "Do we ever reflect on the hardship and terror that the early Americans must have lived through day after day? Do we truly understand the hopes and dreams that lay secretly hidden away in the hearts of the people back …

People Filters (TURNED OFF) and Deceptive Leadership

As a Community Manager I manage nothing.   I think the title is wrong actually, I should be called “Community Motivator” or “Community Influencer” or something else but manager is not what I am or what I do.   I listen to stakeholder problems most of the time and unless asked at this point I work hard …

Teaming on DoD projects … Tackling Fuel

If you are a team leader working on a DoD project there are challenges that you face which are unique simply because you are working for the DoD.  There are some very basic concepts to understand in order to create or facilitate success. 1) Do what you can with what you have. You have to …

7¥p1(4£ M0rn1n9 = Typical Morning

I walked into the meeting, it was morning and you could smell the coffee in the air.  The room was full of obnoxious comments and morning sarcasm.  I sat down in the back where I always like to hide and said "Hi".  Of course, I find myself playing more with my tie than paying attention …