Best Defense

Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Where does Best Defense go next?

Now that our wars are fading away — not ending, perhaps, but becoming someone else’s — I am wondering where this blog should go now. The series of essays on the "future of war" was one effort to answer that. That series is now concluded, and I will have more on it soon — we ...

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released

Now that our wars are fading away -- not ending, perhaps, but becoming someone else's -- I am wondering where this blog should go now. The series of essays on the "future of war" was one effort to answer that. That series is now concluded, and I will have more on it soon -- we have to figure out who the winners are. If you haven't voted, please send me an e-mail, using the e-mail address at the end of my bio, to list your favorite and your 2nd favorite. Put "Contest" in the subject line and write something simple like, "My top choice is no. X and my second is no. Y." (BTW, I suppose it is OK for you to vote for yourselves, but I am not sure about making your spouses do it.)

But I'd also welcome your thoughts on the future of the blog. The nature of the online conversation continues to change. These days I get more responses to my tweets (@tomricks1) than I do to my blog posts. Is there a way to better integrate that into the blog?

Finally, what do you think the blog should be doing more of? Less of? Different?

Now that our wars are fading away — not ending, perhaps, but becoming someone else’s — I am wondering where this blog should go now. The series of essays on the "future of war" was one effort to answer that. That series is now concluded, and I will have more on it soon — we have to figure out who the winners are. If you haven’t voted, please send me an e-mail, using the e-mail address at the end of my bio, to list your favorite and your 2nd favorite. Put "Contest" in the subject line and write something simple like, "My top choice is no. X and my second is no. Y." (BTW, I suppose it is OK for you to vote for yourselves, but I am not sure about making your spouses do it.)

But I’d also welcome your thoughts on the future of the blog. The nature of the online conversation continues to change. These days I get more responses to my tweets (@tomricks1) than I do to my blog posts. Is there a way to better integrate that into the blog?

Finally, what do you think the blog should be doing more of? Less of? Different?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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