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GailForce: Afghanistan and Iraq Lessons Learned

GailForce:  Afghanistan and Iraq Lessons Learned

Been off the blogosphere for the last month because of a project I was working on.  Thought I’d get back into the saddle by looking into the latest on Afghanistan.  On July 10th in response to a reporter’s question, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the surge had been a success. In response to some […]

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GailForce: Threat of Cyber War is Not Hype Part II

GailForce:  Threat of Cyber War is Not Hype Part II

In my last blog, I ended with a quote from a 2011 Foreign Affairs magazine article written by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III.  In the article he stated the Department of Defense has a five pillar strategy for operating in cyberspace: “…treating cyberspace as an operational domain, like land, air, […]

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GailForce: The Threat of Cyberwar Is Not Hype

GailForce:  The Threat of Cyberwar Is Not Hype

In the March/April 2012 issue of Foreign Policy Magazine, Thomas Rid wrote an article called Think Again:  Cyberwar.  The subtitle was:  Don’t Fear the Digital Bogeyman Virtual Conflict is Still More Hype Than Reality.  He states his premise up front: “Time for a reality check:  Cyberwar is still more hype than hazard. Consider the definition […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Update, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Last week while out shopping, I ran into a fellow Vet.  As we chatted, the subject of media coverage of wars came up.  He had served in Vietnam and we both found it interesting that media coverage of that conflict was pretty extensive and covered almost nightly.  In contrast the war inAfghanistanis not covered to […]

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GailForce: Korean Crisis – Why the Surprise? We Are After all Still at War.

The North Koreans have announced that sometime between Thursday April 12th and Monday April 16th, as part of the celebration for Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday and the 80th birthday of the North Korean Army, they will launch a weather satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, aboard a Unha-3 rocket into space.  The celebration is also expected to see […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan: Are Media Reports Providing an Accurate Picture of What’s Going On?

GailForce:  Afghanistan: Are Media Reports Providing an Accurate Picture of What’s Going On?

In the late 1960’s, I spent my junior year of college studying in Europe. Before the start of the year, I along with all the other student participants did a 21 day whirl wind tour of the continent. It’s one of the highlights of my life but I had a unique experience as I traveled […]

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GailForce: Afghan and Iran Reflections Continued

GailForce:  Afghan and Iran Reflections Continued

As promised, here are more of my thoughts on current happenings in Afghanistan and Iran. Yesterday I blogged about Afghanistan so this blog will focus on Iran. This past Sunday evening I was pleasantly surprised to see Meir Dagan, the former head of the Israeli Mossad their equivalent to the CIA, on CBS’ 60 Minutes. […]

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GailForce: Reflections on Recent Events in Afghanistan and Iran

GailForce:  Reflections on Recent Events in Afghanistan and Iran

I’ve not had time to blog in the last couple of weeks because of travel but thought I’d offer my thoughts on the crises with Afghanistan and Iraq. Starting first with Afghanistan, like many I was horrified by the massacre of 16 Afghans, to include 9 children, allegedly by an Army Sergeant. This is a […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan, Are Military Leaders Lying?

GailForce:  Afghanistan, Are Military Leaders Lying?

A number of years ago while still in the military I was stationed in a highly volatile part of the world. The crisis was pretty intense and it was the first job I held where my boss was routinely on the evening news on both U.S. and world television stations. As has happened numerous times […]

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GailForce: Review of Great Decisions, Drawdown: Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan

GailForce:  Review of Great Decisions, Drawdown: Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan

I just finished previewing an upcoming PBS program on the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The segment is part of the Great Decisions in Foreign Policy television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association and hosted by former CNN World Affairs Correspondent Ralph Begleiter. This is the 42nd season it has been […]

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GailForce: Department of Defense Budget Cuts- Hold On It’s Coming!

GailForce:  Department of Defense Budget Cuts- Hold On It’s Coming!

2,500 years ago the warrior philosopher Sun Zsu said: “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road to safety or to ruin. Therefore, it is a subject that must be thoroughly studied.” I start out with a quote from the old guy […]

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GailForce: New Defense Strategy

GailForce:  New Defense Strategy

Last week I participated in a Department of Defense Bloggers Roundtable on President Obama’s new defense strategy with Captain John Kirby (USN), Deputy Secretary of Defense for Media Operations; and Dr. George Little, Pentagon Press Secretary. In support of the new strategy the Department of Defense published a paper called Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities […]

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GailForce: U.S. Defense – End of Year Thoughts

As is the custom for all FPA Bloggers with the year drawing to a close, it’s time for me to give my thoughts on how events fared in 2011. All in all there were a number of defense policy successes, with the most spectacular being the death of Osama Bin Laden, the continued dismantling of […]

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GailForce: Korea – Never-Ending Crisis

GailForce:  Korea – Never-Ending Crisis

In 1988 I was pulled out of an assignment in Hawaii18 months early and sent to Korea to be part of the U.S. Forces Korea staff. My job would be Chief, Combined Indications and Warning (I&W) Center, Intelligence Production Division. In civilian terms, I ran the newsroom. It was a 24/7 job and my folks […]

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GailForce: End of Year Thoughts – Iraq

GailForce:  End of Year Thoughts – Iraq

The end of 2011 is fast approaching and with it the departure of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq by December 31st so thought I’d pass on some of my thoughts. In November, I participated in two Department of Defense sponsored Bloggers Roundtables on our force drawdown efforts there. One was with Army Brigadier General […]

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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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