Where the Puck Will Be... 


In Thomas Barnett's 2005 presentation of Military in the 21st Century, he said:

"I differentiate between tactical speed that is an obvious good because it gets our service men and women home at the end of the day, alive in one piece.   Differentiate from that and operational speed which I like to call net-centric warfare’s  Wayne Gretsky speed. Wayne Gretsky, greatest hockey player in history in the NHL. He was asked, why are you so good, you’re not the fastest skater. He said, “I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where it will be”. That’s common operational picture. That’s speed of command. That’s synchronicity. That’s moving bytes more than bullets."

On Sunday night when I settled in to watch the local news and the first story was about the takedown of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan by a Seal Team - and then the camera switch to Times Square with the news reader talking about the celebration taking place - but all I saw was Sunday night traffic returning to Manhattan, I knew it was "Showtime".  The next day's images with the munchkins gathered singing, 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead', my thought was where the puck are they going with this bit of absurdity. 

The 'ah ha' came when I heard a brief comment from Leon Panetta on the subject of waterboarding.  Leon Panetta is one of those people who for the most part, slithers through life without being noticed very much - but who seems to be connected to power despite his luster lack on all fronts.   That is - until this game scenario began.  If you go to the Washington Post and do a search on 'Panetta', the paper is filled with stories of Panetta as the new John Wayne of the CIA.   One of the stories, "A Raid Reconstructed:  Highly rehearsed, Team Six finds itself improvising in Bin Laden's lair" said this:

WASHINGTON — So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan’s dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall after wall, exchanged gunfire and confronted “Geronimo” face to face. The vital things went right.

Just about every contingency the 25 commandos trained for came at them, rapidly, chaotically and dangerously, in their lunge for Osama bin Laden.

... [gotta love the drama - like the old west dime novels]

In short, the U.S. had no direct evidence that bin Laden would be there during the assault — or indeed had ever been there. President Barack Obama put the raiders in motion on the “pretty good chance” they would find their man, as CIA Director Leon Panetta, who was overseeing the operation back in Washington, put it.

In another article...   Bin Laden raid shows blur between military and intelligence: Who’s a soldier, who's a spy?

WASHINGTON — Navy SEALs carried out what those involved call a textbook military operation that killed the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Yet the man in charge was CIA Director Leon Panetta — not Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

That speaks volumes about the government’s rarely noticed post-9/11 melding of military might with intelligence craft.

It’s gotten a lot harder lately to distinguish between soldier and spy. The blending of the two missions can blur the definition of an act of war, raise questions about oversight and accountability and create a clash of military and intelligence cultures.

In the bin Laden mission, the chain of command extended from Obama to Panetta to Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, himself a SEAL. McRaven is commander of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. That is the secretive outfit in charge of SEAL Team Six and the military’s other specialized counterterrorism units.

Panetta’s order to McRaven was, “Find Osama bin Laden.” And if the al-Qaida leader could not be found at Abbottabad compound, the CIA chief directed, “Get out quickly and safely.”

Gates, the second-in-command to President Barack Obama, has made no comment on the raid, though the top-flight SEALs, officially called the Navy Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU, and their parent organization, JSOC, answer to the Pentagon.

Wait.. wait... I'm getting a vision...  I see stovepipes.  I see Al Gore.  I see David Osborne, Elaine Kamarck, IBM and  Haavaard...Haavaard...Haavaard.   It's a Vision of "Governance in the 21st Century" -   reinvention of government - privatization, consolidation of power, fascism and police state implemented through the fiber and the "partnership between DOJ and DOD".     That's where this puck is going. 

Leon Panetta was the Director of the OMB when the "Reinvention of Government" project began - and then was appointed to be the White House Chief of Staff replacing Mack McLarty.  

He served as White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1993 until 1994. In 1994, the President asked his OMB Director, Leon Panetta, what was wrong with his administration and was told about the lack of order in the White House. McLarty was out. According to author Nigel Hamilton, "Panetta replaced McLarty for the rest of Clinton's first term—and the rest is history. To be a great leader, a modern president must have a great chief of staff—and in Leon Panetta, Clinton got the enforcer he deserved."[3]

Title: Briefing by OMB Director Panetta 1993-10-26

DIRECTOR PANETTA: What I would like to do is to present a brief summary of the elements of the package that we will be presenting and forwarding to the Congress later today. We have
Elaine Kamarck and Al Burman speak to the procurement issues. Also present is Colleen Preston from DOD, and she's familiar with particular issues that relate to DOD with regards to procurement.

Let me again emphasize that the primary effort of this package is really making an effort to try to make government work better and to try to achieve savings in that process. But the main
focus is really on government reforms. We're trying to do a number of efforts at streamlining that I'll describe, at eliminating programs, at consolidating programs. We're also doing a major reform with regards to the whole collection process within government, to try to expedite the ability to make these collections on outstanding debts; also to try to provide incentives for efficiency competitiveness, as well as the procurement reform that both the President and the Vice President spoke to.

Let me mention the key elements that are in the package. Hopefully, you all have a briefing packet on that. It's basically tied to the four areas that were described in the National
Performance Review -- cutting back to basics, cutting red tape, putting customers first, and empowering employees to get results.

I won't drag this out.  Don't need to.   The following really tells you what you need to know about Leon Panetta:     

Numbers Runner, 1994

"Just six or seven insiders" guided the selection process that ultimately put Panetta in charge of OMB, according to a White House source. Warren M. Christopher, who led the transition effort, had clear instructions that he was to find a team player. Although it is widely held that the President-elect and Panetta had an immediate rapport, Panetta also got a strong boost from the House leadership. At an evening affair in Arkansas soon after the election, Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash., Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., and Ways and Means chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., cornered Clinton to push Panetta for the job.

That link was from this blog on Government Executive website... More Thoughts on Panetta

So Panetta is connected to the Chicago Political Machine despite the fact that he is from California and Panetta was recently appointed to be the Secretary of Defense.

I don't remember exactly what it was that put Leon Panetta on my radar screen - I think it was a piece of legislation on Thomas, but when I searched on him, I found this most interesting story:

True Tale of the Twin Towers


Vicky Davis
May 6, 2011