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  • Shifting Afghan Gears: Build, Don't Blast by Ed Corcoran, 24 Nov -- "Afghanistan has enormous economic potential as outlined in a recent US Army review; developing this is the key to stability. Despite fourteen years of US military support, the situation has deteriorated to the point that the senior US officer has stated flatly, "we have to provide our senior leadership options different than the current plan...."
  • The Two Sides of Cybersecurity by Daniel M. Gerstein, 13 Nov -- "Cybersecurity is a two-sided proposition, requiring both defense of internal networks and the ability to operate effectively in the cyber domain. Securing government networks is certainly necessary, but authorities should not lose sight of the need to couple their defense of America's networks with appropriate resources dedicated to combatting criminal, terrorist and other threats in cyberspace. ..."
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan - a Critical Task by Ed Corcoran, 14 Sep -- "It is easy to see our Afghan effort drifting not just to a debacle but to a disaster. We had worked hard to get the Soviets out, and then had zero idea of what to do next. ..."
  • U.S. needs a new electronic identity-protection strategy to prevent 'hybrid warfare' attacks by Dan Gonzales, 8 Jul -- "By Dan Gonzales Earlier this month, the FBI revealed that as many as 18 million current and former government employees and other U.S. citizens may have had their personal information stolen in a cyberattack on the Office of Personnel and Management. The General Accounting Office is investigating potential cybersecurity breaches of Healthcare...."
  • Putin: Eyes Wide Shut by Stephen Larrabee, 20 Apr -- "The United States is entering a period of growing competition and tension in relations with Russia. The Russia that the United States faces today is more assertive and more unpredictable--and thus, in many ways, more dangerous--than the Russia that the United States confronted during the latter part of the Cold War. ..."

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