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Finding Donald Rumsfeld’s Unknown Unknowns: Top Ten Conflict Tips

I always thought it interesting that former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld popularized the phrase the Unknown Unknowns. Unfortunately, he used it in the sense of things we couldn’t know that throw off our plans, and he used it as … Continue reading

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The Unknown Unknowns: Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

In October 1962 the President of the United States John Kennedy received this photograph that showed the installation of medium range, nuclear capable ballistic missiles in Cuba. Take a look at it: What is the obvious question this photo raises? … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Ways to Uncover Donald Rumsfeld’s Unknown Unknowns

Though it has been cited as tortuous English language, the smartest thing that Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Secretary of Defense ever said ( and that is relevant to the realities of conflicts) was probably: There are known knowns; there … Continue reading

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