Former special operations and joint staff officer Ed "Otto" Pernotto has just launched a blog with special ambitions.
Most immediately, he wants to recruit other bloggers to help him persuade the US Air Force to buy a turboprop (egad!) fighter to support the counter-insurgency mission. His long-term goal is even more interesting, and that is to harness the blogosphere as sort of an on-call RAND consultancy for the US military on any topic (but more on that later).
Pernotto right now wants your feedback before he submits an unsolicited proposal to the air force, which calls for the immediate purchase and deployment of Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 Texan IIs. He plans to take the feedback, make necessary changes and then formally submit the proposal to the air force.
The idea is intriguing on a number of levels, and not least that Pernotto obviously considers the blogosphere a more valuable resource than a conference room of RAND consultants. I'll post my own obersvations about the specifics of Pernotto's proposal later this week, but, please, go take a look at what he has to say.