Women's Work

Back in the "good" old days, "Charlie" was a convenient plot device to turn a gender stereotype (teacher and student) on its head before the characters got down to business. These days, she's a whole cadre of mostly behind-the-scenes counterinsurgency professionals, toiling to save the world through the development a new kind of defense capability that "emphasizes economy of force, intimate knowledge of host populations and politico-economic incentives to win that population's allegiance." But if you take nothing else away from the article besides the name of one of the women who might one day be the first female Secretary of Defense, please check out the part about how the early practitioners reached back and gave a hand up to those women behind them. Then ask yourself who's behind you, and how you can help. [Washington Independent]