National Security


U.S. ties to the Philippines on “The General and the Ambassador”



U.S. ties to the Philippines on “The General and the Ambassador”
The latest episode of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s podcast series “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” focuses on U.S. strategic interests in the Philippines. In this episode, Captain Gus Gusentine and Ambassador Harry Thomas discuss their partnership to help the Philippines root out terrorists, fight poverty and address widespread… Read More

Featured Article: Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare



Featured Article: Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare

Russia’s recent operations in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and Georgia have disrupted a generation of relative peace and stability between Moscow and its Western neighbors… This article recommends that the U.S. Army needs to escape from the traditional American Way of War and see its role as part of a broader, whole-of-government and comprehensive, approach…

“The General and the Ambassador” weigh in on Ebola



“The General and the Ambassador” weigh in on Ebola
A new episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” dropped on April 21. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy interviews General Gary Volesky and Ambassador Deborah Malac on the part they played in the response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Together McCarthy and her guests examine… Read More

Senators propose Global Health Security Interagency Review Council



Senators propose Global Health Security Interagency Review Council

On April 10, Republican Senator Mitt Romney and Democrat Chris Murphy introduced a bill establishing a Global Health Security Interagency Review Council. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in March. Romney and Murphy's bill reaffirms the country's commitment to global health amid the coronavirus crisis.

Featured Article: Missed Operational Opportunities in the GWOT’s Prisons…



Featured Article: Missed Operational Opportunities in the GWOT’s Prisons…

The Abu Ghraib prison debacle, wherein the showcasing of prisoner abuse was strewn across the international media stage, stands out as a glaring missed opportunity for said U.S. military personnel to proactively gain intelligence and actionable information from prisoners... There are numerous online accounts and statements by U.S. military officials condemning the torture and murders that occurred at Abu Ghraib...

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss U.S.-Mexico security ties



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss U.S.-Mexico security ties

"The General and the Ambassador" podcast series has published a two-part interview with former NORTHCOM Commander General Chuck Jacoby and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Wayne. Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy, General Jacoby, and Ambassador Wayne discuss U.S.-Mexico security ties and the U.S.-Mexico border...

Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response



Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response

In 2001, senior U.S. policymakers converged to participate in the still famous Dark Winter exercise. The exercise contemplated a covert, bioterrorist attack against the U.S… However, a decade and a half later, as the nation faced the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis, assessments of the U.S. government response led to a sobering conclusion: The U.S. still has not learned the lessons of Dark Winter...

Featured Article: A Solution to WMD Proliferation



Featured Article: A Solution to WMD Proliferation

Current and future U.S. interagency and military efforts to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction throughout the world are thwarted by the complexity of the contemporary global security environment... This article examines the pros and cons associated with embedding Commerce Export Enforcement Officers and analysts in each of the Theater Special Operations Commands in an effort to counter the proliferation of WMD...

Featured Article: Small Teams in the U.S. Border Patrol



Featured Article: Small Teams in the U.S. Border Patrol

Tactically and operationally, small teams would improve the U.S. Border Patrol’s situational awareness along the border. Throughout the area of responsibility of any sector, and likewise station, in the U.S. Border Patrol, small teams would positively affect response rates and management as the primary method of personnel
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Part II of conversation with Gen. Lute and Amb. Grossman now available



Part II of conversation with Gen. Lute and Amb. Grossman now available
The most recent edition of the “The General and the Ambassador” podcast series features another conversation with Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy, General Douglas Lute, and Ambassador Marc Grossman. McCarthy and her guests discuss the role of diplomacy and of military in building alliances, the huge imbalance of resources between the… Read More