Pentagon uses its noodle to win war

Brad Norington, 29/4/10

It has become a running joke in the Pentagon. So much so, that it makes the famous Knowledge Nation diagram advanced by Barry Jones for federal Labor’s education policy in 2001 look like child’s play. General Stanley McChrystal, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, had his own acerbic way of describing the complicated PowerPoint slide. “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” General McChrystal told a room of army chiefs when he first saw it in Kabul last year. He drew laughter when he made his remarks, not surprisingly, but the PowerPoint slide was meant to be a serious attempt by military analysts to explain the task for allied forces in confronting the Taliban and winning support among the local population.