The Potential Success of Trump’s Counterterrorism Strategy

 

President-elect Donald Trump has been criticized during the election process for maintaining the element of surprise in his strategy to defeat ISIS. He indicated that detailing his plan during the debate would allow the enemy to prepare accordingly. This discipline mirrors the teaching of military strategist Sun Tzu, “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable […]

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When Citizens Threaten the Establishment

 

This originally appeared in Townhall: “The outcome of this presidential election will not change the fact that the United States is experiencing an internal Thucydides Trap – a reference to how the emerging power of Athens struck fear in the heart of the established power in Sparta, sparking the ancient Peloponnesian War. According to Gallup polling, […]

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Response to the Presidential Debate – Nation’s Security at Risk or Not?

 

The second debate helped clarify how each candidate sees the world at this moment, which ironically added to the confusion of truth that has overtaken this election cycle. Mr. Trump described a country and a world that seems to be falling apart. Secretary Clinton offered a differing view, one where improvement could be realized with […]

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Experts Respond to Vice Presidential Debate

 

Allen West said: “What I heard from this Vice Presidential debate in the area of foreign policy and national security is one side that was delusional. Furthermore, there was not enough conversation on the critical issue of our security and the restoration of our military. There is no Iranian nuclear agreement; every aspect has been violated. […]

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Why Foreign Military Sales Benefit the United States

 

Joe Ruzicka is an NCPA contributor and expert on military affairs: After more than two years in the making, the Obama Administration has approved sales of 4th generation fighters to several Middle East countries. Qatar and Kuwait have been patiently waiting for White House approval to move the sales packages forward, while Bahrain may need to […]

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Cyber Threats to the Texas Electric Grid

 

“Texas plays a unique role in America’s infrastructure as the only state with a self-contained electric grid. The entire U.S. electric power system is a prime target of cyberattacks from hostile governments and terrorist organizations, but the Lone Star State is in a unique position to act. The Consequences of a Vulnerable Grid. The Northeast […]

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Part Two – Discussing global terrorism with General Michael Flynn

 

Part Two of my discussion with Lt. General Michael Flynn regarding the threat of global terrorism. You can view the interview here. You can view Part One here: http://fb.me/WdThYVe3

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How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance

 

“The House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would give the Pentagon greater control over security assistance to other countries — oversight now generally reserved to the State Department. A larger issue than the administration of funds, however, is that current security assistance programs are ineffective and often undermine […]

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Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn visits the NCPA

 

I had the distinct honor of sitting down with Lt. General Michael Flynn recently to discuss the threat of global terrorism during his recent visit to the National Center for Policy Analysis. You can view the interview here: http://fb.me/WdThYVe3

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Is the Air Force seriously talking about another plane?

 

A recent DefenseNews article recounts ongoing discussions about how the Air Force would achieve air superiority by 2030 and outlines the newest ideas regarding Air Force platforms. The piece reminds me of discussions I encountered years ago. When I was on active duty, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General John Jumper always stressed that our branch would never […]

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