Yearly Archive for 2011

: 2011

The Economy and Center of Gravity

Is it possible to buy national security?  During the Ancient and Medieval periods, it was common for potentates, kings and even empires to pay an adversary not to attack. Rome did so when the Goths
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Withdrawal From Afghanistan

When a senior Military Officer publicly disagrees with the President of the United States, it tends to make headlines.    Since the President’s announcement of a strategic retirement from Afghanistan,
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Pressure to Withdraw

Historically, nations that are broke do not have the capability to wage war, yet the United States simply goes deeper into the financial hole to support combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. For
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An Intelligence Carrot(?)

If you were to envision what the detention center for America’s worst enemies would look like, would family visitation be part of it?  The Pentagon is currently weighing whether or not to grant that
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Timing & Tempo

How can Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in the third century BC and Custer’s campaign against the Sioux in 1876 possibly apply to the 21st century war on terror?  Principles of warfare are timeless and
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Where are the US Intelligence Services?

When CIA Director, Leon Panetta was asked what the new Egyptian government would look like in the Wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, he unapologetically replied; “You know as much as I do.” 
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Cairo in Flames

Imagine a second Iran in the Middle-East, sharing a border with Israel and controlling the Suez Canal and all the oil and East-West commerce flowing through it. If events in Cairo are allowed to
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An Historic Opportunity

Setting one’s self on fire tends to attract attention.  Last Friday, history was made in Tunisia as a massive popular uprising, sparked by a young man’s public act of self-immolation, led to the
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More Than Mere Leaks

At first, I thought that WikiLeaks was just another trendy, European socialist organization being fashionable and publicly trashing the US. Now, in looking closely at the volume and type of classified
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