Spy Games: General Clapper in History

by Ed Timperlake The US Intelligence Community is a famously federated league of like-minded sleuths conjoined by parallel mandates. It is not dysfunctional, merely less effective than it has to be. Like any large cobbled together organization the Intelligence Community (IC) operates on the maxim that “people are people,” and…

Iraq 2012: Looking Forward

12/23/2011 by Richard Weitz Recently, Vice President Joe Biden made his seventh visit to Iraq as vice president and 16th visit overall. Biden spent two days in Baghdad meeting with Iraqi political leaders, then he travelled to Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to meet with President Massoud Barzani.…

Moving Tanks, Equipment Out of Iraq

12/09/2011: National Guard Soldiers from 1452nd Combat Heavy Equipment Transport Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Load Tanks at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. Credit: 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment:11/4/2011

US Forces in Iraq Drawdown

11/4/2011 US Forces turn in equipment in support of drawdown: COS ECHO, Iraq [slidepress gallery='us-forces-turn-in-equipment-in-support-of-drawdown'] Credit: 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division:10/28/2011 In the first photo, vehicles from 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stage for the Mobile-Redistribution Property Assistance Team Yard, Oct. 16,…

Turkey-Iraqi Kurdistan Reconciliation Pays Dividends

10/25/2011  By Richard Weitz During a week-long study trip to Turkey earlier this month, I was in Ankara at the same time as a senior Iraqi government delegation. We had simultaneous meetings at the Foreign Ministry. The Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister had to send a replacement to our session since…

The Strategic Whiteboard

9/15/2011 by Robbin Laird The Second Line of Defense team is starting a series, which we will call the strategic whiteboard.  By leveraging the new systems being designed and built today, and building upon the capabilities of these new systems, America can have a better defense at less cost.  This…