Tackle Problems – On and Off the Battlefield – With Strategy

By Dr. Mel Deaile
Faculty Member, Military Studies Program at American Military University

When the term ‘strategy’ is mentioned, most people probably conjure up images of military generals huddled around a map making decisions on the movement of troops in order to defeat an enemy. While this is an example of military strategy in action, the basic idea behind forming a strategy can help tackle problems in all aspects of life.

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Breaking America’s National Security Trap

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Not every threat can be measured in ‘lines of force’ or utilizing militant weaponry. Not everything has a kinetic solution. Such actions can be cheaper to carry out in the short-term and consequential politically in the long-term. See you at the next war. If America viewed nearly all military options as mistakes of their political grand strategic designs, they would no longer have the waste, inefficiencies, or blowback.

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The US Energy Revolution and National Security Implications

Jeffrey A. James, Ph.D.
Professor, National Security Studies

The annual meeting of the Center for New American Security held recently in Washington, D.C., included numerous presentations by luminaries in the national security arena.  My earlier involvement in the energy world caused me to take special note of a presentation by Dr. Andrew Erdmann of McKinsey and Company.

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Russian Dictator Takes a Dive

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Third time head of state President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is doing more than ever before. He rides and fishes, shirtless; hunts, guides endangered Siberian cranes to a preserve; does judo, plays hockey and on and on. His most recent cult-of-personality adventure took a sea dive in a Mir-1 mini-submersible to observe a shipwreck.

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Germany’s Merkel Urges Patience on NSA Answers

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is acknowledging Germans have been unsettled by allegations of widespread U.S. surveillance though she insists patience is needed as officials seek answers from Washington.

Merkel faced a barrage of questions about the National Security Agency’s activities at a news conference Friday following a week in which her opponents have asserted she’s doing too little to confront the U.S.

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U.S. Asylum-Seekers Unhappy in Russia

Kathy Lally, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

MOSCOW — If Edward Snowden has time on his hands, stuck as he is Sheremetyevo Aiport’s transit zone, he might want to seize the opportunity to read up on the history of American asylum-seekers in Russia.

Those who have—like Washington journalist Peter Savodnik—come up with a litany of disenchantment, which could prove meaningful for Snowden.

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