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We Are Destroying This Nation

I spent 28 years of my adult life defending this country. I don't say that to obtain admiration, to pat myself on the back, or to gain...

Can We Win A New Cold War?

I was re-reading NSC-68 the other day (NSC-68 United States Objectives and Programs for National Security (fas.org), the height of...

Toward a Well Informed Electorate - 1

"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." Thomas Jefferson. I agree with that quote. A...

Booby Traps

I have always said that within the Directorate of Operations (DO) there is a never-ending contest centered around war stories. War...

What Will We Learn From Afghanistan?

As it concerns Afghanistan, we are currently in the finger-pointing stage. We love to accuse everyone else for the mistakes, demanding a...

Book Review - Alpha

Alpha - Eddie Gallagher and The War for the Soul of the Navy SEALS, David Philipps This is an excellent book that is sure to stir up...

There Was This Guy

There was this guy. That is how most stories start out, at least in the espionage profession. Given the secrecy and the need to protect...

Calm The F*** Down

We have just had a horrible tragedy: 13 American service members killed and dozens of Afghans killed and injured. Instead of pulling...

On Leadership

Despite the fact that so many books and so many articles have been written about leadership, I still find this a hard topic to discuss....

We The People

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for...

Afghanistan - This is on All of US

I have been hesitant to write about the current situation in Afghanistan. There are thousands of articles on the topic, not to mention...

How It All Began for Me

I wanted to join the CIA since I was a young boy. I come from a generation where those of us who read, read books about grand adventures....

The China Threat

By now, everyone should be painfully aware of the “China threat.” It is all over the place: television, newspapers, periodicals, you name...

The Case Officer

I have been thinking about this topic for some time now, sort of reviewing my career at the CIA. I find it a complicated topic because it...

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