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Gen. Cartwright's nod to Mrs. Robinson

In the movie "The Graduate" (1967), Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) gets some sage advice from an older man, Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke). The advice is one word: "Plastics."

Gen. James Cartwright reminded the audience at his FOSE keynote about the scene, and then said: "Today, they'd probably say 'cloud.' It's [presented as] the solution all problems known to man."

Cloud computing, while useful, really is not such a panacea, he said. 

Later in his presentation, Cartwright touched on the wisdom of crowds. "There is no one Einstein in here," he said, referring to the audience. "The crowd is always smarter."

Posted by Michael Hardy on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Reader Comments

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 DoD IT Contractor Omaha, NE

Judging by the sometimes disjointed coordination and cooperation between the various elements of USSTRATCOM's IT effort, I am a bit dismayed by the idea of "cloud computing." This is not restricted to just STRATCOM, it would seem. Army IT and AF IT do not work and play well together either. Let the private sector hash out the security elements first before using it in a military forum. Just saying...

Thu, Jul 21, 2011

The crowds currently manage IT in the DOD, look how well they manage it. ;) Small groups of experts vs. crowd? I will take one small group anyday of the week even if the task is huge.

Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Sorry, general, but that is flat-out wrong. While vox populi must be considered, especially in our form of government, the crowd is never smarter than the geniuses among them. And the geniuses usually learn to keep their mouths shut in public, lest the crowd turn into a mob. The trick is to find a way to get input from the geniuses, and seperate the wheat from the chaff (since a genius speaking out of their field of expertise is little better than a layman), and try to present those ideas to the crowd in a way they will support and work to accomplish.

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