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Votel, Leaf discuss U.S. interests in the Middle East (pt. 2)



Votel, Leaf discuss U.S. interests in the Middle East (pt. 2)
In another episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation,” Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy continues her conversation with General Joseph Votel and Ambassador Barbara Leaf. The first part of their discussion on U.S. interests in the Middle East aired earlier this month. In part two of McCarthy’s interview with… Read More

Votel, Leaf discuss U.S. interests in the Middle East (pt. 1)



Votel, Leaf discuss U.S. interests in the Middle East (pt. 1)
U.S. interests in the Middle East is the focus of the latest episode of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s podcast series “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation.” The episode features General Joseph Votel and Ambassador Barbara Leaf. McCarthy’s guests discuss the diplomatic and military tools used by the United States… Read More

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…

Featured Article: Great Power Competition Lessons from Tibet



Featured Article: Great Power Competition Lessons from Tibet

President Eisenhower characterized proxy warfare as the “cheapest insurance in the world.” He recognized the potential to accomplish national security objectives without direct U.S. military involvement by making relatively small investments in surrogate forces… Today, proxy warfare again provides the United States a way to compete below the level of armed conflict…

Featured Article: Empowering U.S. National Security with AI Capabilities



Featured Article: Empowering U.S. National Security with AI Capabilities

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the principal Department of Defense intelligence agency that possesses and processes “Geospatial” information. The agency is aggressively pursuing innovative solutions regarding artificial intelligence-based enhanced capabilities, automation, and human-machine teaming augmentation… This article will focus on United States DoD initiatives, with an in-depth focus on the NGA’s AI-enhanced capabilities and initiatives…

“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

Featured Article: The First 21st Century Water War



Featured Article: The First 21st Century Water War

Egypt’s history and modern-day economy inextricably link to a healthy Nile River. However, large dam construction in upstream Ethiopia may soon jeopardize the strength of the Nile in Egypt. The case of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam provides a window into the future and is instructive for the international community on the evolving nature of water insecurity…

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...