Heads down on a project but here are several significant items of interest to bring to your attention, submitted below with minimal comment:
It's Time to Stop Selling Ambassadorships by Barbara Bodine, Politico. (Related: From the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy: no one in PD conducts PD overseas. )
Gates Sees Terrorism Remaining Enemy No. 1 - Josh White, Washington Post
New National Defense Strategy issued, 4mb PDF here.