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December 7, 1941: A Failure of Men

From Achieving Interoperability in Critical IT and Communications Systems by Bob Desourdis. Torpedos could not be launched in the shallow water at Pearl Harbor… we said, we thought… the Japanese thought otherwise When Bob Desourdis lectures on his book and “interoperability” for homeland security, he asks the technology focused audiences “what would you do if […]

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EEI#32 "What kind of a war…?" – The Scent of Weakness

There was a time when Americans seemed to view suicide attacks as a sign of the complete conviction of the enemy, an immutable dedication to their cause that many people found terrifying and cause for soul-searching.  “What could we have done to provoke such anger?” Yet with time, American views of suicide attacks have matured […]

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EEI#29 "What Kind of war" – Lawyering up – the killing of Hamas' Mahmoud Mabhouh

See Targeted for death -  the killing of Hamas’ Mahmoud Mabhouh.  (See  background report on the operation itself) Los Angeles Times’ Marjorie Miller sought the views of an array of military and human rights lawyers on the legality and legitimacy of targeted killings. So what kind of war or warfare or confrontation or conflict against non-state […]

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EEI#23 “What kind of war?” -continued (9 of ?) – Square Pegs, Round Holes vs. “War Amongst the People”

Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness There seems to be a trend toward treating events of terrorism as if they were specifically a law-enforcement problem , rather than  enemy operations in the context of war and warfare. Both require application of force  “but for force to be effective the desired outcome of […]

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AL QAEDA TODAY -The Evolving Terrorist LandScape

 Speach by Robert Mueller, Director FBI, to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, 28 Sept, 2007 Two weeks ago, not far from here, bells tolled at Ground Zero. We commemorated the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. And we marked the passage of another year without a terrorist attack on American soil. […]

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God's Warriors (CNN Special by Christiane Amanpour

From Ed Beakley In light of religion’s impact on the 21st Century, consider the following upcoming special by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and article in the same context by Dr. Walid Phares, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies  ****************************************************************************************  CNN Presents: God’s Warriors   Jewish Warriors August 21  Muslim Warriors August 22 Christian Warriors August 23 9PM EDT By […]

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Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment

 From Ed Beakley, Project White Horse 084640 Director and Editor Research and writing for both the website and in-work book are based upon the premise that the effects of 1) information technology, 2) the flattening of the world through globalization, 3) Mother Nature, and 4) the emerging and steady state non-state nature of warfare, combine […]

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Multiple Terrorist Doctrine

 By Frank Borelli Not long ago I read through the book, “Terror At Beslan: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America’s Schools” by John Giduck  The book so convinced me that we in law enforcement are training for the wrong threat (Active Shooter) that I doubted my own thought process. So, to double check my […]

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On Forgetting the Obvious

 By Robert D. Kaplan  Some truths are so obvious that to mention them in polite company seems either pointless or rude. What is left unstated, however, can with time be forgotten. Both of these observations apply today to the American way of war. It is obvious that a military can only fight well on behalf […]

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New Paradigms for 21st Century Conflict

 By David J. Kilcullen  Despite our rather rosy hindsight view of World War II, there was considerable dissent at the time about the war’s aims, conduct, and strategy. But virtually no one disagreed that it was indeed a war or that the Axis powers were the enemy/aggressors.  Contrast this with the war on terrorism. Some […]

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