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Syria 2017 – Déjà vu – 101 Years Later

Posted by cbuchanan on June 28, 2017 1:57 PM

  Syria – Does History give Insights to Problems Today? The territory of modern Syria carries imprints from ancient times. As part of a region often called the “cradle of civilization,” Syria has a legacy tracing back over 5,000 years of recorded history and prehistoric archaeological finds that date inhabitants back over 100,000 years.1 Few […]

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Russia-Iran: A Strategic Alliance of Enemies

Posted by cbuchanan on June 21, 2017 2:25 PM

  Information, Knowledge, Policy The U.S. Constitution mandates that the government take actions to protect the citizens of the United States of America. One of these actions is the formulation of strategic policies for the strategic security of the nation. Strategic intelligence is the foundation for these policies; strategic intelligence is defined as the intelligence […]

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The Nuclear Weapon Conundrum

Posted by cbuchanan on June 15, 2017 2:03 PM

  Nuclear Weapons as a Military Capability and a Political Controversy The advent of nuclear weapons in World War II changed the course of history and humanity in a complex fashion. The early race between Nazi Germany and the United States to acquire nuclear weapons was marked with secrecy and intrigue. Covert actions against the […]

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What is the Real Threat from Iran?

Posted by cbuchanan on 1:57 PM

The Potential Threat and the Actual Threat The primary task for national intelligence is to provide accurate information for the security of the nation. The Intelligence Community (IC) does this by collecting data on foreign countries, organizations that pose a threat to the nation (such as terrorist groups), and alliances of nations and organizations that […]

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Terrorism: A Problem and the Larger Context (Part 1 of 4)

Posted by cbuchanan on 1:46 PM

Terrorism as a Problem Problem solving and intelligence analysis typically begin with a clear statement of the problem. However, in the environs of “terrorism,” the initial statement of the problem is difficult. The first challenge is defining “terrorism”: various sources cite the existence of over 100 definitions for terrorism.1,2 While many of the definitions are […]

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Forcasts: Intellegence and the Weather

Posted by henleyputnam on December 16, 2016 10:24 AM

From the Present to the Future Nations, businesses, and individuals all strive to understand what the future will bring. For nations, this perception of the future is a matter of national security and possibly survival as a political and cultural body. Thoughtful individuals agree that it is impossible to accurately “predict” the future; however, it […]

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Change and the Strategic Security Dynamic

Posted by henleyputnam on 10:22 AM

The Only Certainty in Life is Change Strategic security policy cannot be a static plan as evolving threats and conflict conditions can dramatically alter or even negate the validity of existing policies. The intelligence profession understands the imperative to continuously collect information and analyze the data in the context of changing local situations and world events. […]

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Uncertainty Today, Uncertainty Tomorrow, Uncertainty Forever

Posted by henleyputnam on 10:20 AM

The Reality of Uncertainty Uncertainty is a certainty for individuals and nation states. Individuals in the military are concerned about what online military colleges will support finding veteran jobs in the future, as well as what education will enhance a military career. Nation-states instruct intelligence services to collect and analyze a wide range of information […]

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Normative Behaivor and Strategic Security

Posted by henleyputnam on 6:23 AM

Normative Behavior Causes Continuous Threats to National Security “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” This famous quote attributed to George Santayana is flawed but still contains a salutary concept.1 The American humorist/philosopher Mark Twain rephrased Santayana. Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The consistent concept in […]

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The Military Friendly Advantage

Posted by henleyputnam on 6:21 AM

Make Your Career Starting Point an Advantage The active duty military life is unique in that it is one of the few choices in life a person can make where they are literally immersed physically, mentally and financially in one institution, the U.S. military. The active duty military is all-encompassing and leaving such an institution […]

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