Welcome to Lew's World
Hello, Welcome to the DU Portfolio site of Dr. Lewis K Griffith, Associate Teaching Professor and currently Director of the International Security Program and the Homeland Security Certificate Programs at the Korbel School. Beyond all the formal labels, maybe the best way to think of Dr. Griffith is as Korbel's resident "Dark Arts Teacher" as he is Korbel's lone (but not lonely) old-school (but not old – yet, working up to it) Strategic/Military Studies person.
But of course, the question you have is why did I come here? Below are the top 10 reasons this may have occurred:
#1: You were just looking for Dr. Griffith’s contact information (see told you I wasn’t lonely).
Dr. Lewis Griffith, Office 4012, Sie Complex/Korbel School, 2201 S. Gaylord, Denver CO 80208
Lewis.Griffith@du.edu / 303-871-2550
#2a: You are a student or prospective student in the International Security Program or Homeland Certificate Program @ Korbel and you are looking for orientation slides, forms, reference material, and the like regarding the program. You will find that sort of thing at the International Security Program & Homeland Cert Tab
#2b You are a current Security or DU student looking for the Security Missive announcements regarding events and opportunities (this tab not visible to those beyond DU). Those can be found at the Security Missive Tab
#3: You are a DU staff or faculty member avoiding grading, filling out a survey, cleaning up the administrative mess left behind by some faculty member and/or students or tired of revising your brilliant article that some junior editor just cannot follow and wandering the DU Portfolio sites.
#4: You may have a burning global, international, or national security question that your really wish somebody would answer for you in a clear, broad minded, but relatively succinct way (now succinct in academic terms is not the same…). Well, I am supposedly a professional national security educator and I am willing to try. Submit your questions with the Subject Line “Question for Lew” to Lewis.Griffith@du.edu and every 7 to 14 days I will pick one and post my response at the Lew’s Take Tab. And maybe I have already made an effort (and it’s the effort that counts) at answering something close to your question, so the previous answers tagged by subject will be there.
#5: The super-intelligent denizens that really run the interweb, the mice from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy obviously, have decided that you are unworthy of your actual request and sent you here as punishment for your inequities…
#6: You might be a life long learner and/or student of Strategic, Military, or National Security studies and just wondering what is out there that you might have missed (and by people far more reputable than this Griffith guy). Well, part of my job is to stay engaged and informed for my students and my recommendations (and occasional wave offs) on Strategic and national security studies topics can either be found to the right or on the Stuff You Should Read/Listen To Tab.
#7: You might be a current Korbel student looking to vent some anger on Dr. Griffith for that grade or snarky margin comment -- relax, breath, squeeze the stress ball a bit, it is just a grade from one pompous faculty type … just imagine your revenge, fewer negative consequences long term…
#8: You might, not likely but might, be looking for the slides from one of Dr. Griffith’s public presentations or a copy of something Dr. Griffith wrote. Those can be found at the LKG Pres/Pubs/Work Tab
#9: You might be an auto search program of a state or non-state cyber espionage/target surveillance effort that has been triggered by all the juicy key words, boy are you disappointed by the seconds wasted here...
#10: You might be amazed by how powerful a good photograph can be as I am and every two weeks or so I post one that I found particularly telling of the human condition. Right Corner of the page – and full photographic credit will always be provided. Enjoy and thank the web denizens for allowing us to share these awesome photos.
If none of the above apply, well you have me stumped (not that hard), but I do wish you a great day. Whatever you do, do not curse the web denizens – see #5.
Photo of the Bi-Week
From The Gaurdian Pictures of the Day --12 September set
Most Recent Additions to the Tabs
June 2018 - Some older stuff moved to the Stuff you should read tab to make way for new stuff below.
New Stuff You Should Read/Listen To
Henry Kissinger's Powerful and Disturbing Piece on The Implications of Artificial Intelligence
In the June 2018 Atlantic Monthly, Kissinger, in a short and lucid piece, lays out his dark vision for how AI will impact foundationally impact human societies and lays out how unready for the implications he thinks we are. Part call for a more thoughtful approach to developing and utilizing AI and part a historical assessment of how new the age of AI will be, this short piece is well worth your time.
Walter Russell Mead on The Realities of Democractic Shift in Periods of Mass Transition
Lots of reasons for pessimism regarding the state of US politics at the moment and many of those reasons are legitimate and important, but we all tend to assume our own context is by definition wholly unique. It rarely is. I of all people am not going to argue that the speed and pervasiveness of global networks and information technologies does not mean that things do not play out differently, but I found Walter Russell Mead's "The Big Shift" in the May/June Foreign Affairs a useful reminder of the nature of how democracies run in phases historically and perceptually. The file is posted below.
Phil Klay on the Morale of US Ground Forces and the Logic of Our Current Wars
If you have not seen Phil Klay's "Left Behind" in The Atlantic Monthly, it is well worth a read and some consideration. There are a few obvious rejoinders and Klay's actual argument is more subtle than the gripping title implies, but it is an important point he makes that we have a volunteer military, made up increasingly of specific segments of society, whose largest and most publically understood elements (the ground forces) are waging near permenant combat or combat style operations without much consideration or public debate.
National Defense and the College Campus - Is this the Solution -- From Defense One
The new National Defense Authorization bill has some interesting, potentially concerning, approaches to maintaining America's technological edge while DoD and related agencies work more and more with Universities and other academic entities for basic reasearch and as sources of innovation. This debate is not new in the nuclear realm, in fact the national labs played a role in mitigating the problem, but this is the first serious discussion of restrictions on students in the name of federally funded defense research to be this catagorical and sweeping.
Quote Too Good Not to Share
"It is important not to mistake the labor market on planet Econ 101 for the labor market on planet Earth. The predication of this model are not akin to the laws of physics, and alarm bells should go off anytime an economist, even a Nobel laureate, claims that they are."
Page 128 of Alan Manning, "The Truth About Minimum Wage," Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2018.