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Where’s Olivia Pope when she’s needed?  I’ve been hooked on television series The Scandal (ABC) and never thought that there would be a real-life saga more compelling than what I’ve been watching.  I can imagine Olivia Pope advising Generals Petraeus and Allen, Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley, and the unnamed FBI agent on how to handle their scandals, but somebody else must be doing it.  Unfortunately there was no one there to advise them to not do what they did to begin with.

There are so many issues to blog about in this story:  power, leadership, the military, the FBI, and national security to name a few.

Broadwell’s position as a reserve officer in military intelligence has resurrected a question for me:  why do we have reservists serving in intelligence positions?  I have wondered this for over 20 years.  There are so many reasons to not have part-time employees in intelligence positions.

  • Continuity:  How can a reservist keep up to date on the intelligence information that in today’s  world changes from minute to minute?  Reservists serve one weekend a month or perhaps a few days every quarter or so.  How can someone who works so few hours keep up with what I would think would be a tremendous amount of information?  It seems that even full-time employees have difficulty processing all the information, determining what is pertinent, and then drawing conclusions.
  • Confidentiality:  How can we ensure that a reservist’s civilian position does not conflict with his/her intelligence duties?   There are policies for outside employment of active duty military and civil service employees to preclude conflict.  What policies or restrictions are there for military reservists to preclude conflict of interest with their civilian employment?

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Why this blog?

I’ve been pondering for many months whether to start a blog.  I’ve finally decided that I will give a jolly good try.  I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts on retirement, volunteerism and nonprofits, leadership, and other musings of a boomer retiree who doesn’t spend a lot of time sitting on the couch.

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