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My 911 And The Future Of the Afghan War

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Robbin Laird is an old defense hand. Today, he’s a consultant and a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, but he served as special assistant for the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1979-1983 and also worked on the National Security Council for two presidents. Here’s the piece he posted on his website, Second Line… Keep reading →

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Syria: Just Say No (To Regime Change)

Posted by Charles V. Peña on


  Sen. John McCain said in early February that, it “is time for the international community to abandon the absurd fiction of a political solution that leaves Assad in power (in Syria).” McCain, who was reacting to Amnesty International’s report about mass executions by Bashar al Assad’s regime, argued: “Bashar Assad does not belong in a… Keep reading →

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Fix Rules Of Engagement For Afghanistan Fight: Rep. Joe Wilson

Posted by Rep. Joe Wilson on


This is the first of our monthly op-eds by Rep. Joe Wilson, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. Dear readers, if you’ve got unique and useful topics you think Rep. Wilson should address, please let us or his office know. Read on. The Editor.  Despite the Taliban clearly still… Keep reading →

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Bye Bye U-2: CIA Legend Allen Predicts End Of Manned Reconnaissance

Posted by Richard Whittle on


WASHINGTON: “The world of manned reconnaissance is gone, and soon manned reconnaissance itself will be gone.” So says Charles E. Allen, whose opinion on such matters carries more weight than most. Charlie Allen joined the CIA in 1958 and spent the last seven of his 40 years there as assistant director of central intelligence for collection.… Keep reading →

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Seeds Of Hope From The Deeds Of Evil Men?

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: My son was seven months old on Sept. 11, 2001 when those bastards flew the three planes into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, and those brave folks fought back against the bastards on United Flight 93, thought to be headed for the White House. Today, my son is 14 years old.… Keep reading →

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War Is No Video Game – Not Even Remotely

Posted by Scott Swanson on


The first person to fire a Hellfire missile from a Predator drone in combat and destroy a target writes here about his experience. Scott Swanson has never written about this before. Read on. The Editor. Flying a Predator drone in combat is nothing like playing a video game. Take it from me, the first person to pull… Keep reading →

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Proxy War Protocols: How To Make Syrian Opposition Work

Posted by James Kitfield on


If the United States arms the so-called “moderate Syrian opposition” to try and overthrow both ISIL and Bashar al Assad, president of Syria, will it work? A close look at the United States’ long and checkered history backing proxy forces reveals a very mixed record when we arm surrogates. The ledger includes historic fiascos such as the… Keep reading →

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First Woman To Head Intel Agency Passes Torch; Cardillo Takes NGA Reins

Posted by Colin Clark on


NGA HEADQUARTERS: It’s not often defense reporters listen to a beautifully restrained brass quintet while working. But Tish Long, the outgoing director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, brought that kind of glamor to the increasingly crucial NGA, so we did get to listen to a unique and pleasing rendition of God Bless America, among other… Keep reading →

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Why I Wrote The Book About Predator

Posted by Richard Whittle on


Rick Whittle wrote the book on the V-22, which he covered for several thousand years while a Washington reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Now he’s written the book on the Predator (on sale Monday), the drone (no RPAs on this site) and he’s obtained a great deal of operational information about Predator and the battle against Al… Keep reading →

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Flynn’s Last Interview: Iconoclast Departs DIA With A Warning

Posted by James Kitfield on


In this exclusive exit interview with Breaking Defense contributor James Kitfield, the outgoing chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, talks about metastasizing Islamic terrorism, his struggles to reform intelligence-gathering, and the risk of lurching from crisis to crisis in an Internet-accelerated world.  – the editors. “Disruptive.” That’s how Michael Flynn’s enemies… Keep reading →

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