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Commander Salamander may not be Elon Musk or Lady Gaga, but he’s a minor celebrity in the national defense space. So this gave me a little thrill.
If you’re interested in how DoD undermines its own military diplomats, the full article is here. Here’s an extract to give you a taste:
I recall an instance on which I accompanied a senior Australian officer to the U.S. for an official counterpart visit. During the trip, despite specific instructions to the contrary, one four-star officer’s staff summarily removed my place setting before their meeting, judging that my rank did not merit my inclusion. Meanwhile, the setting for my Australian counterpart—a two-star general—was left in place.
Having experienced such indignities before, I walked in anyway. Fortunately, I was not ejected, though I was conspicuous as the only one at the table without a place setting. More importantly, a clear message was sent to the Australians: the U.S. defense attaché is relatively unimportant.