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GailForce: President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy

GailForce:  President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy

Photo: Getty Images On 23 May, President Obama gave a long awaited and much overdue talk on his strategy for conducting the war on terrorism.  I thought it was one of the best speeches he’s given.  He did a great job laying out his view points, justification for his terrorism strategy and what he sees […]

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GailForce: United States/China: A Slight Thaw in Cyber Relations?

GailForce:  United States/China:  A Slight Thaw in Cyber Relations?

I’ve been reading an awesome book about Winston Churchill called The Last Lion by William Manchester and Paul Reid.  One of the many things in the book that jumped out at me was a quote from a speech Churchill gave in Nov. 1942 after British forces defeated Rommel and his German troops at El Alamein.  […]

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Gailforce: North Korea – Never a Threat to Take Lightly

Gailforce:  North Korea – Never a Threat to Take Lightly

I’ve been off the blogosphere because of a recurrence of back problems which didn’t allow me to spend much time seated.  I mention this because in a recent talk, the new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel made the following comment: “In many respects, the biggest long-term fiscal challenge facing the department is not the flat […]

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GailForce: Review of Great Decisions PBS Program – Defending America On A Budget

GailForce:  Review of Great Decisions PBS Program – Defending America On A Budget

Since 1970, the Foreign Policy Association has been producing, a series for PBS called “Great Decisions in Foreign Policy.”  It is the longest running program focused entirely on international affairs topics.  This year’s series consists of eight programs covering various foreign policy topics ranging from discussions on Egypt and China to one I’d like to review in […]

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GailForce: More Conference After Thoughts and the Continuing Military Budget Woes

GailForce:  More Conference After Thoughts and the Continuing Military Budget Woes

According to today’s news report, the Pentagon has decided to cancel the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman two days before it was scheduled to leave and head to the Persian Gulf. Since 2010, the U.S. has tried to maintain a two carrier presence in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran’s threats to […]

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GailForce: Does Congress REALLY Want to Maintain Our Military Readiness?

GailForce:  Does Congress REALLY Want to Maintain Our Military Readiness?

Judging by the budget gridlock the answer seems to be no.  As mentioned in my last blog, I spent last week in San Diego attending West 2013, a Navy/ Marine focused conference co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute.  The conference theme was:  Pivot to the Pacific What Are the Practical & Global […]

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GailForce: Military Themed Conferences Provide a Valuable Service

GailForce:  Military Themed Conferences Provide a Valuable Service

One my pet peeves is people who feel watching the evening news makes them experts on defense policy.  I’m not talking about the average person.  I’m referring to the kind of people who engage in heated arguments over the topic and scream and holler about how screwed up the government, military and/or the intelligence community […]

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GailForce: Thoughts On President Obama’s Speeches on Inauguration Day

GailForce:  Thoughts On President Obama’s Speeches on Inauguration Day

I first became fully politically aware around the age of 10. Since that time there have been three speeches that resonated with me, meaning I felt the speakers were expressing their true beliefs as opposed to simply spouting political rhetoric. The first was President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration address. The second was Dr. Martin Luther […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Reconstruction

GailForce:  Afghanistan Reconstruction

Last week most stories about Afghanistan focused on the meeting between Afghan President Hamaid Karzai and President Obama.  The President announced that starting in the spring U.S. troops would only play supporting role.  Of note he gave no information on troop withdrawal schedule but did indicate there would be a U.S. troop presence after 2014.  […]

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GailForce: The Defense Department and the “Fiscal Cliff”

GailForce:  The Defense Department and the “Fiscal Cliff”

A few years ago, while being interviewed on a radio show, I was asked what I thought of President Bush.  I reminded the host that while in the military the President was my Commander-in-Chief.  I said my views of the President were probably similar to many employees in other professions.  Some things the President did […]

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GailForce: Egypt/Israel/Palestine – Never Ending Crisis

GailForce:  Egypt/Israel/Palestine – Never Ending Crisis

  I have been off the blogosphere this month because of foreign travel and poor internet connectivity.  Ironically, two of the countries I visited were Egypt and Israel.  The current crisis broke out a couple of days after I returned home.  As I write this blog a ceasefire announced last week by Egyptian Foreign Minister […]

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GailForce: A Man Has Got to Know His Limitations

GailForce:  A Man Has Got to Know His Limitations

I’m currently in Alabama helping out my 85-years-young mom so I haven’t had time to blog, but the following paragraph in a recent New York Times article caught my eye: The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle […]

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GailForce: War on Any Given Day – Libya

GailForce:  War on Any Given Day – Libya

A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to get a phone call inviting me to the Democratic Convention to hear President Obama give his acceptance speech.  I’m a registered independent voter and over the course of my life have voted for candidates of both parties.  Attending the convention was one of the best experiences […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Update

GailForce:  Afghanistan Update

I haven’t blogged about Afghanistan in a while so thought I’d cover some of what I thought may be of interest.  There have been a lot of reports of rogue Afghan military and police force members attacking their NATO coalition partners.  As of the time I’m writing this, the total stands at 42 killed.  What […]

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GailForce: Things That Make Ya’ Wanna Go Hmmmm!

GailForce:  Things That Make Ya’ Wanna Go Hmmmm!

As mentioned in my last blog, I’ve been off the grid for a while.  I’m currently in Alabama hanging out with my 85 years young Mom but have been playing catch up with current events.  I have to get up every few minutes and stand in front of her air conditioner but then I gamely […]

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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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