World Affairs

26/11

Life in Combat and Leading in the VUCA World

An amazing talk explaining the difficulties and challenges of leading in a war-like situation, using the infamous 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as an example to demonstrate how the dynamics of the game keep changing every split second.

An engaging and fascinating narration of how incredible the Indian Army, and it’s special forces are, using the 26/11 Terror Attacks as an example to explain the nuances.

VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity is derived from military vocabulary.

  • V = Volatility. The nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
  • U = Uncertainty. The lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
  • C = Complexity. The multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues and the chaos and confusion that surround an organization.
  • A = Ambiguity. The haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion.

26/11 was one of the most ghastly terror attacks ever attempted on Earth, not simply because of the number of casualties, psychological damage, and associated trauma, but BECAUSE it wasn’t another bomb blast – the traditional way in which terrorists spread fear, panic and horror.

The sheer audacity of the operation – sending in 10 heavily armed assailants to carry out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across a city, and “kill as many people they could” was unheard of, at-least in modern history.

The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.

This powerful talk by Mr. Raman gives an account of how the NSG personnel and the security forces accomplished something which had never been done before, and explains the complexities of the operation – including why it took over 3 days to officially confirm the Mumbai siege had ended.

 

Because Bugs are a real DRAAAGGG …

NASA is looking everywhere for ways to improve aviation fuel efficiency. Two of its most promising projects — a bug-repellant coating and a new technology for smaller vertical tails — are now ready to be tested.

When it comes to commercial aviation, even the smallest improvements in fuel efficiency mean millions of dollars saved and fewer harmful emissions in our atmosphere.

That’s how we reduce the …. DRAAAGGG…

Scientists estimate that using bug-repellant coating on aircrafts can help increase fuel efficiency by upto 6% (on every single trip).

Now that’s something BIG, isn’t it? Let’s hope that the test results come out to be positive (for the sake of humankind and our sustainability).

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/4/8344437/nasa-tests-bug-repellant-coating-for-airplanes

Fast And Furious Re-cap

Wanna check out the Fast and Furious lineage before heading out to watch FF7 ??

Check out this video to get a cool recap of how the Fast and Furious Franchise has entertained us over the last decade.

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

GOOgle or CO2-gle

One Google search produces about 0.2 g of CO2.

But since you hardly get an answer from one search, a typical search session produces about the same amount of CO2 as does boiling a tea kettle.

Google handles about 1 billion search queries per day, which amounts to some 200 tons of CO2 per day.

Algorithm meets Entertainment

Bing and Microsoft Research teamed up to create a constantly updated Oscar predictions list, which eventually came out pretty accurate.

Microsoft sees this as a chance to prove it’s ability to analyse and manipulate data.

Of the top 24 categories at this year’s Oscars, Microsoft’s Bing correctly predicted 20 winners for an 83 percent accuracy score, including all of the most prestigious Academy Award picks.

Iraqi ‘Terrorist Groups’ Have Seized Nuclear Materials

Terrorist Groups in Iraq have seized Nuclear material, as is evident from a letter written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon by the UN Ambassador to Iraq.

Around 40 Kg of Uranium compounds stored in the University of Mosul for research practices, has (apparently) been taken by terrorist insurgent groups massacring Iraq.

This development could have far reaching global implications as the same could be used by them or other international terrorist outfits to spread widespread grief.

http://pulse.me/s/1GzvmW

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WMD

India ‘MODI’fied

The Bhartiya Janata Party, under the leadership of it’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi won the 2014 Indian general election with a clear majority,  the strongest showing of a single party in the Lok Sabha since 1984.

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17th Lok Sabha

The Modi led BJP secured 282 seats,  10 more than the half way mark of 272. The coalition partners of BJP also did pretty well, securing about another 50 seats.

BJP’s astounding victory is being attributed to an increased dissent amongst the electorate against the Congress led UPA government, and also a general pro-Modi wave across the nation, who is often seen as the poster boy of development and superior governance, thanks to the transformation he’s shown in Gujarat.

Modi’s primary nation wide opponent,  the Indian National Congress, experienced it’s worst ever show, securing less than even 50 seats, even though they had fielded candidates in a majority of the 543 seats.

Narendra Modi and his new cabinet, along with all the other elected members of the Lok Sabha, shall very soon assume office, and, hopefully, the 17th Lok Sabha will be extremely productive and beneficial for the Republic of India.

The Indian General Elections – 2014

With the Indian Elections drawing to a close, and all the TV news anchors doing exit poll analysis 24×7, I think it fit to dedicate my first post on this topic. The Indian General Elections is the largest human process of it’s kind, with a billion people choosing the person who will run the nation for the next 60 months.

As voting in the world’s biggest election ends after weeks of polling, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty defeat looms for the ruling UPA

In these elections, over 551 million people voted over a five-week period. The election season wasn’t without it’s whims ‘n’ fancies -“draamebaazi”, allegations and counter-allegations, and obviously, the “tu tu mein mein” between all rival political parties.

The general sentiment of the nation has been one which is looking for a change – in terms of better governance, administration, economic reforms and so on and so forth.

The voter turnout this time has also seen a great rise, and risen by over 20% since the previous general election of 2009. The election commission gave final figures for the world’s biggest election, saying 551 million had voted – 130 million more than in 2009 – with turnout also at a record high of 66.38%

Most of the exit-polls are pitting the Narendra Modi led BJP and it’s allies (NDA-National Democratic Alliance) to form the next  government. The UPA (Union Progressive Alliance), with it’s key member being the Congress, has supposedly had a dismal performance.

 

None the less, we have to wait till the 16th of May to find out for sure who’s going to rule India for the next 1800 days.