You’ve been told by your commanders and academic superiors  to “think critically,” to “make more sound decisions,” and to “develop innovative solutions” to “increasingly complex problems.”

You’ve heard it all. But when it comes down to it, the more you do what you’re told, the more you feel:

  • Intellectually stagnant…
  • Choked out by Groupthink…
  • More confused and cookie-cutter than ever!

By now, everybody’s heard that famous Thomas J. Watson quote:

“All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.”

Sounds nice, you say, but in your experience, it seems like the guys who trumpet this stuff the most…

….You know, the guys who demand you reject “bias,” get past “dogma,” or ignore “revelation”…

….They’re the guys who are the most biased, bitter, and dogmatic of them all.

Are you sick and tired of the hypocrisy and the duplicity of these ivory tower intellects?

Do you really want to think critically about the big picture, but don’t know how?

Do you want to challenge yourself and grow in ways you never thought possible?


Mind at War.com is place where B.S. flies out the window, where operators and average joes alike get together to talk about the big picture, without out all the ivory tower pretension.

Let’s face it.

You’re nobody’s fool. You’ve been around the block a few times.

Maybe you’ve survived combat zones. Maybe you’ve even grown up in combat zones.  But regardless of who you are, whether military or civilian…

…You know how the real really works…

…Not the way academics wish it would.

Mind at War.com is a place for guys like you, by guys like you, whether Military, Law Enforcement, or even Civilian.

It’s a place for the straight talk about the facts, no B.S., and no rainbows and unicorns academic theories.

We base everything we do off a simple motto:

“Think Big and Basically.”

While most academics base their work on complicated theories with a lot of moving parts….

…We base everything around a simple code we call “The Big 4.”

It consists of being:

  • Tough
  • Smart
  • Disciplined
  • Just

It’s our call sign for the Four Cardinal Virtues of Western Civilization–Courage, Prudence, Wisdom, and Justice–in plain English.

They’re the big picture patterns we fit our work into…so we don’t miss the forest for the trees.

And what kind of work do we put out?.

Take a look…

  • Concept vs. Mental Image: What can the Ancients teach about civil-military relations?
  • Principles, Tactics, and Techniques: Are you missing the forest for the trees?
  • The Romantic View of History:  Can it help us anticipate our foes’ next move?
  • Spiritual Warfare:  From Aristotle to John Boyd and the Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Courage: Does Clausewitz have the market cornered on definitions?
  • Nature of Conflict, Nature of Life: How Jews, Arabs, and Greeks all agree!
  • Aristotle and the OODA Loop: John Boyd read the classics…
  • Stoics: Is it a Kumbaya Chant or a Tough Guy Code?

And so much more!

SFOD-D commander Lt. Col. Pete Blaber once said: “Life is about finding the patterns.”

That’s the way we operate here at Mind at War.com.

We look at military thinkers, theorists, and practitioners throughout history in the context of their time and culture–not ours.

But then we take that information, and find the Big 4  patterns–eternal lessons that dictate mankind and warfare yesterday, today, and forever.

Gen. Alfred Gray, USMC and founder of Marine Corps University once said:

“If you want to learn something new? Read an old book.”

That’s exactly what Mind at War.com is all about. But instead of talking it to death in academic jargon the uninitiated can’t understand, we actually do it.

So welcome, to Mind at War.com. Explore topics at your leisure. And if you’re interested, we’d love to have you submit a piece to write for us.

We’re glad to have you here–and we can’t wait to see what you have to bring to the table.

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