The Reason the Patriots Always Come Back

Those of you that know, know that I am not a Patriot fan. But, tomorrow is the Super Bowl and if for no other reason it seems appropriate that I send along an article today on that subject.

Apple news sends me six articles that they have culled from all the thousands of articles in print each week as ones they think have merit or value. And while I don’t read all of the articles that they send I do give each a short once over. This one stands out as it is about much more than the Super Bowl tomorrow and why the Patriots have been to and won so many.

As I read the article I immediately compared its contents with Cross-Fit Training that is currently taught in gyms all across the country and that our elite, tier 1, special operators have been doing over the last ten or so years rather than focus exclusively on distance running, weightlifting, push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. I have been told by one of those operators that the reason for their switch to Cross-Fit was because the physical obstacles and challenges they encountered on operations were not generally overcome by an ability to run 20 miles, dead lift 400 pounds or do a thousand push-ups. It seems to me that Coach Belichick has taken the same principle and applied it to football. (Or perhaps Cross-Fit borrowed the idea from him) In addition, it is clear that he recognizes the importance of the fourth quarter of the game and the need to still have peak game physical efficiency and stamina at that time. But, he is having the Patriots doing very specific training to be able to perform in that last quarter of the game.

My real interest in this article has nothing to do with the Patriots and Belichick winning the Super Bowl tomorrow, next year or for the next 10 years. What I’m interested in and wondering about is how to apply the principles that he has made work for him and the Patriots to other professions. And if there is a valid comparison with what he’s doing and what Cross-Fit does to improve performance in specific, practical, life applications.

Wonder if any of you have thoughts on the article?

The Reason the Patriots Always Come Back

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War

This is an informative article on AI with a historical connect to national security threats during the Cold War. You all know by now that I very much like current topics/subjects/docs to be placed into a historical context. The author is  Dr. Jeremy Straub, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the North Dakota State University. His focus and research crosses the fields of technology, commercialization, technology policy, robotic command and control, aerospace command and AI.

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War

Secrecy News

Secrecy News today has two timely articles. The first is on selected declassification and the “Nunez Memo.” The second by the Jason’s is on artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare.

For those of you that are not aware of the “JASONs,” they are an independent group of elite scientists which advises the USG on matters relating to S&T, mostly of a sensitive, often classified nature. They  advised the Bureau during my time in that organization on a number of S&T topics. The group was created to get a younger generation of scientists involved in advising the government and was established in 1960. There are, at any one time, between 30 and 60 members. One of their first consults to make it into the public domain was on the science associated with Secretary of Defense McNamara’s Line, an electronic barrier constructed during the Vietnam War. Although most of its research is military-focused, the JASONs also produced early work on the science of global warming and acid rain. Current unclassified research interests include health informatics, cyberwarfare, and renewable energy.

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