There have been recent attempts to drag the EMCOMM and NTS hordes into the 21st century, and the results have been costly disasters. These people are a big part of the core of ARRL now, but they are highly resistant to change, at least to the kind of change that higher ARES management wanted to see. Their new system for registering and tracking ARES members, and letting them self-assign to help with ARES public service events was really quite a good effort. But along with that, they imposed a set of training requirements that I knew would never fly, and I was right. I think we need an honest reassessment of the capabilities of hams and how to engage them in both public service and EMCOMM events. What does it mean that we now have several reliable satellite systems in place that can provide comms anywhere at any time? I sincerely wish we had a geostationary sat covering the Americas, but we don't. Perhaps it would be more productive to focus on individual contributions and training. I fear that we are otherwise just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.