Archive for October, 2008

America’s Defense Meltdown

Sometime within the next few weeks, the Center for Defense Information will publish a major anthology by the A-List of the shadow defense establishment.  Plus, I have a chapter. This is a unique volume by a collection of authors that have never collaborated to this degree before and, it is safe to predict, will never […]

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On War # 280: The Other Election

by William S. Lind October 28, 2008 While the world’s eyes are fixed on the American election coming up soon, another election with equal importance for America’s future crawled onto the calendar over the past weekend (don’t expect a monarchist to think highly of elections). Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni gave up her efforts to […]

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“Options other than war:

What they are, and why” has just been published in the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. For those of you with access to the academic press, the citation is: Richards, C. (2008) ‘Operations other than war: what they are, and why’, Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp.376-393. The […]

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On War #279: Confirmation

By William S. Lind October 20, 2008 I have suggested in previous columns that the al Qaeda model of 4GW may be failing for inherent reasons, i.e. for reasons it cannot fix. “Tom Rick’s Inbox” in the October 19 Washington Post offers some confirmation of that assessment. Ricks writes: Where did al Qaeda in Iraq […]

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On War #278: The Afghan Advantage

By William S. Lind October 15, 2008 As the military situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, there may be at least the possibility of better news on the political front. Nightwatch for October 7 reported that Multiple news services have reported meetings hosted by Saudi Arabian King Abdallah between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban. […]

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U.S. Limits Anthrax Vaccine Legal Liability

Oct. 17, 2008 By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON — The U.S. Health and Human Services Department early this month moved to shield government, industry and business officials from lawsuits filed by those who have received the anthrax vaccine (see GSN, Sept. 5, 2007). Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt established legal […]

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Fading Days of Empire

Jay Soloman and Siobhan Gorman have an interesting piece in today’s WSJ entitled, “Financial Crisis May Diminish American Sway.”  Your first reaction might be “Ya think?”  followed by “What can we do about it?” I think a better reaction might be “So what?”  Being the world’s only remaining superpower — and $3.75 — will get […]

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Panel May Advise Anthrax Shots for First Responders

Oct. 16, 2008 By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON – A U.S. government advisory panel next week could recommend that state and local public health officials consider administering anthrax vaccines to as many as 3 million first responders nationwide, Global Security Newswire has learned. The panel, convened by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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National Orientation

Fabius has an interesting post today where he notes that we have tried 16 remedies for our deteriorating financial condition, all of which fall into the “too little, too late” category.  To paraphrase his conclusion, the financial environment is operating inside our OODA loops.  This isn’t anthropomorphism but a shorthand way of saying that financial […]

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Support our troops

An impassioned yet well-researched plea by E. E. Riccioni, a veteran AF fighter pilot and charter member of the Fighter Mafia (99 KB PDF). About the author:  I first met Rich Riccioni about 35 years ago, when I was a junior staffer doing grunt work for a tac air shop in the Office of the […]

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