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Tom pops up in ‘Slate’ talking about cyberwar with the Future of War gang

I was surprised to see that comments I made last week at a New America conference popped up in Slate. The whole current Future of War gang was there. After the session, a guy I know said to me that he thought I was going to be the Douhet of cyberwar. I understood what he ...

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I was surprised to see that comments I made last week at a New America conference popped up in Slate. The whole current Future of War gang was there.

After the session, a guy I know said to me that he thought I was going to be the Douhet of cyberwar. I understood what he meant -- he thinks we are hyping it. But the more I listen to the FoW gang, the more I think we are on the cusp of an era of major change.

I also was surprised to see myself quoted in last Sunday's New York Times. It was from the review of the Gates book I wrote about six months ago.

I was surprised to see that comments I made last week at a New America conference popped up in Slate. The whole current Future of War gang was there.

After the session, a guy I know said to me that he thought I was going to be the Douhet of cyberwar. I understood what he meant — he thinks we are hyping it. But the more I listen to the FoW gang, the more I think we are on the cusp of an era of major change.

I also was surprised to see myself quoted in last Sunday’s New York Times. It was from the review of the Gates book I wrote about six months ago.

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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