I'd like to offer an alternative view of the speech. I don't doubt that he's chummy with Rummy but I suspect that he is offering little helpful information. In my opinion he is venturing garbage info (status quo media propaganda), so either he knows 'squat' of what's really going on or he's just prattling to a roomful of suits.
Consider whether this guy actually IS a communist Gramscian 'destroy from with in' type, or just a dupe of that force. Either way he is providing a cover story for a cutback in US Military spending and ability to resist a nuclear equipped Russia for example.
I've seen his speaking style many times by polished hucksters before. What's he selling? His book? He's just another wind up toy in my view.