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GailForce: QDR/Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Last week there were two major events coming out of the Defense Department, the release of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and a recommendation by both the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy be repealed allowing gay men and lesbians to serve […]

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GailForce: U.S. Increasing Missile Defenses in the Gulf

Over the weekend several newspapers ran articles on U.S. efforts to accelerate deployment of missile defenses in the Persian Gulf region.  According to the New York Times, the U.S. is providing 2 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) batteries each to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman.  The U.S. is also maintaining a constant presence […]

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GailForce: Defense Issues

Topic:  Just a Typical Week in the World of Defense Issues   Last week was interesting but pretty typical for those involved with monitoring national security issues.  Osama Bin Laden crawled out from under whatever rock he’s been hiding under and claimed responsibility for the failed attack on Flight 253 on Christmas Day.  While speaking […]

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GailForce: Haiti: U.S. Military Contributions

Reflections of a Retired Baby Boomer   Topic:  Haiti:  U.S. Military Contributions   While watching the excellent media coverage of the Haitian earthquake last night, I noticed that many people are beginning to wonder why it was taking so long for U.S. military units and other nations and relief groups involved in the effort to […]

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GailForce: Obama and the Intelligence Community

Reflections of a retired Baby Boomer   Topic:  Obama and the Intelligence Community   On Thursday, President Obama and his staff discussed the findings of their internal review of the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack.  They concluded there was not a failure to share information such as was seen in the pre 9/11 days; but […]

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GailForce: Pregnant Soldiers

Note:  I wrote this opinion piece last week but was unable to load on the web site due to problems with my travel computer.   Reflections of a retired Baby Boomer   Topic:  Pregnant Soldiers   When I woke up the day after Christmas and checked the morning news, I was very happy to hear, […]

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GailForce: Flight 253, Intelligence Failure?

  Reflections of a retired Baby Boomer   Topic:  Flight 253, Intelligence Failure?   In the aftermath of the recent failed Christmas day terrorist attack by a young Nigerian man, the airwaves and print media are once again filled with cries of “intelligence failure”.  As I watched the talking heads give their “expert” analysis of […]

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GailForce: Year in Review

Reflections of a retired Baby Boomer   Topic:  Year in Review   Overview:   Overall defense issues played out pretty much as expected in 2009.  In a January 27, 2009 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates identified Afghanistan as the greatest military challenge and stated “we have not had […]

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GailForce: Iranian Missile Test

GailForce Reflections of a retired Baby Boomer        On December 16, two days before scheduled UN talks on its nuclear program, and in a not so subtle warning to the U.S. and its allies, Iran test fired, the Sajjil-2, the latest variant of their ongoing missile development program.  The missile is powered by solid […]

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Gail Harris
Gail Harris

Gail Harris’ 28 year career in intelligence included hands-on leadership during every major conflict from the Cold War to El Salvador to Desert Storm to Kosovo and at the forefront of one of the Department of Defense’s newest challenges, Cyber Warfare. A Senior Fellow for The Truman National Security Project, her memoir, A Woman’s War, published by Scarecrow Press is available on Amazon.com.

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