I am putting together what I think will be a winning team for our event. I have already recruited a historian, a finance person, an economist and two people who closely follow diplomatic affairs generally. I am hard at work to add an expert in national security and someone with international trade skills. We want to be ready for any questions thrown our way. Of course the competition I am most worried about is the winning team from the high school competition - we know they will be tough!
We are calling our team the "Shadow National Security Council" based on an event that occurred to us. Part of our team was at lunch one day, vigorously discussing the national security problem of Somali pirates. We noticed a gentleman pacing back and forth near our table. Finally, he worked up his courage, came up and said, " I didn't mean to eavesdrop, but I have been thinking about this problem as well. Perhaps you could pass along an idea I have about it. " He proceeded to explain a historical parallel he saw to the Somali situation and what that indicated to him might be a useful tactic. After he left we suddenly realized that he assumed from the vigor, if not the expertise, of our conversation that we really had an inside track to the defense establishment. His confidence was flattering, but misplaced! We will be doing our best to show what we know on Saturday night.
Comments from Rich Lauf, Board Member of GCWAC and Team Leader of Shadow National Security Council