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GailForce: Pacific Rising

GailForce:  Pacific Rising

One of my pet peeves is when I run into a friend or acquaintance and they say: “Gail, where ya’ been. Haven’t seen you in quite a while”. The implication being if they don’t see me I don’t exist; which brings me to the topic of today’s blog. During the last 20 years or so, […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Update Part II

GailForce:  Afghanistan Update Part II

Lots of moving parts in the Afghanistan situation. I’ll cover them in a series of blogs. Last week the Department of Defense released its quarterly report: Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll remember I always like to begin topics like this with reiterating […]

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GailForce: Reflections on Ending the Iraq Conflict and Implications of the “One Percent” Issue

GailForce:  Reflections on Ending the Iraq Conflict and Implications of the “One Percent” Issue

There has been lots of news on the national security front over the last few days; the death of Libya’s Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, President Obama’s announcement of bringing home all Iraqi troops in time for the holidays, and Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the midst of all of this, some […]

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GailForce: Women of Peace

GailForce:  Women of Peace

Watched an extraordinary episode on PBS last night on how the women of Liberia stopped a long running civil war in Liberia. Its part of a series PBS is doing and is definitely worth watching. Here’s the summary of the program from the PBS web site. Introducing Women, War & Peace Episode 2: Pray the […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Update Part I

GailForce:  Afghanistan Update Part I

Over the last month I’ve participated in two Department of Defense sponsored Bloggers roundtable on Afghanistan and one sponsored by the Army on the role and importance of our forces in Europe to our National Security policy. What I like about these forums is it gives me an opportunity to hear views about important topics […]

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GailForce: Afghanistan Violence Levels

GailForce:  Afghanistan Violence Levels

Last week the UN published a report that made headlines around the world called: The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security. Headlines screamed, “UN says 39% jump in violence in 2011”. As fate would have it the day of the announcement I was scheduled to participate in a Department of […]

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GailForce: Back on the Block

GailForce:  Back on the Block

As mentioned in my last blog a couple of weeks ago I’ve been laid low by back issues and unable to sit up for long periods of time. Because of the wonders of medical science, I am once again mobile…at least mobile enough to sit up for longer periods. I was even able to get […]

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GailForce: Reflections on 9/11

GailForce:  Reflections on 9/11

Been off the blogosphere for the last couple of weeks. My back went out and the only comfortable position I could find was lying down. Guess I went at the bike riding thing too heavily this summer! I’m of the mind that there is a seed of good in every adversity. In this case it […]

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GailForce: How the Movie The Help Relates to National Security Policy

GailForce:  How the Movie The Help Relates to National Security Policy

Yesterday, at the suggestion of my older brother I went to see the movie The Help. Since he’s Gulf War Vet and a real man’s man and wouldn’t normally go see what many had said would be a “Chick Flick”; that got my attention. I had been a little reluctant to read the book or […]

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GailForce: Aspen Institute Forum – Final Wrap Up

GailForce:  Aspen Institute Forum – Final Wrap Up

Wanted to finish up my thoughts on the Aspen Institute’s Security Forum. Thought I would begin where I ended my last blog with comments from the former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), retired Admiral Dennis Blair. There was quite a bit of talk during the forum revolving around the history and purpose of the DNI […]

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GailForce: More on Aspen Institute’s Security Forum – Dennis Blair

GailForce:  More on Aspen Institute’s Security Forum – Dennis Blair

Probably the talk that generated the most media headlines at last week’s Security Forum held at the Aspen Institute were the comments of former Director of National Intelligence, retired navy Admiral Dennis Blair. His session was moderated by Lesley Stahl of CBS news and 60 Minutes fame. Some of the media headlines gave the impression […]

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Continued

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Continued

As promised here are some more gems that came out of the Aspen Security Forum. I’ve already talked about the comments of Pakistan’s Ambassador and a little bit about Admiral Blair’s comments, more to follow on that but I’d like to start out talking about the very first session. It was called The Role of […]

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum

In my last blog, I mentioned I would be heading out to attend a forum on national security issues sponsored by the Homeland Security Program of the Aspen Institute in partnership with the New York Times. The topic of the 3 day forum is counterterrorism. On their website the institute stated: “The Forum will bring […]

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Why “Success” in Afghanistan Matters Part II

Why “Success” in Afghanistan Matters Part II

Been a little slower than usual in finishing up this topic. If you’ve read my blog before you know I live in one of Colorado’s bicycling Mecca’s. Let’s just say I rode “a bridge too far” on my bike, damaged my body, and have spent most of the last few days in the only comfortable […]

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GailForce: Why “Success” in Afghanistan Matters

GailForce:  Why “Success” in Afghanistan Matters

Two Afghanistan items in the media grabbed my attention today for two different but related reasons. First, a Reuter’s article on the first Afghan women to qualify as pilots arriving in the U.S. for training reminded me of the continuing progress that has been made by NATO as part of their training mission of the […]

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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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