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Investor’s Business Daily: The dangers of provocative weakness

US meekness in the face of Russian assertiveness is a danger to international stability and American security, because it can be misunderstood and unwittingly invite a mistaken response. “Provocative weakness is a state in which you look weak, and you inadvertently provoke Russia, and others who mean you ill, into thinking they can grab something for nothing.” That’s how American...

Getting the word out: Fighting for a global public opinion advantage

The Heritage Foundation sponsored a great talk on January 24, in which we discussed the international public opinion battlespace and how to operate within it. Helle Dale was our host, who invited Dr Amy Zalman, Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration at the National War College; Dr Ariel Cohen, of Heritage, Dean Cheng of Heritage, and me. A really great...

Publishing opportunity for your terrorism papers

Any of my students who have written first-rate papers concerning terrorism or counterterrorism are encouraged to submit them for consideration to the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis under the overall topic, “Beyond Terror: Security in the Post-Bin Laden World.” This is a very nice opportunity, with a chance to share research and make new colleagues. Details appear below: 9TH Annual...

MAJ Nidal Hasan: He described his threat doctrine in Army powerpoint long before Fort Hood

Fort Hood jihadist MAJ Nidal Hasan described his ideology in a powerpoint presentation to his fellow soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He outlined his threat doctrine long before he shot up Fort Hood.  Download MAJ Hasan Slides Because he didn’t describe it as a “threat doctrine” but merely as an expression of religious belief, the Army took no action...

New professional advancement for security strategists – Still time to sign up

National security professionals: Want to jump-start your career by sharpening your strategic thinking? There’s still time to sign up for an intensive program that I’m directing at the Institute of World Politics. PASS:PORT is a new opportunity for US government national security professionals to stimulate their strategic thinking, advance their careers, and more effectively shape their actions in defense of the...

History shows us how to fight the Islamist offensive

Ideological warfare makes many Americans uncomfortable and offends others, so when faced with a totalitarian ideological threat, we choose to accommodate or kill. But do we over-kill? Absolutely. Do we unnecessarily accommodate, as with the Muslim Brotherhood? Certainly. Are we in a new kind of war? No. Not really. It’s the same type of war we fought against the Communists;...

See me at the Psychological Warfare Focus Day at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit

The good people at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) have invited me to be a speaker at the 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington. I’ll be speaking as part of the summit’s Psychological Warfare Focus Day. Other panelists include: Ruth Wedgwood, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at Johns Hopkins University; LTC Michael Lewis,...

What message does this send?

The US Department of Defense does not recognize the word “victory” as an official term. The authoritative DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms contains no reference to “victory.” What signal does that send?

PSYOP jobs available

The US military continues to require new civilian expertise in the PSYOP/MISO area. For those of you who may be interested in career opportunities, be sure to have your resume and other related data posted on LinkedIn.com, and to join the PSYOP group, which requires permission. You have to sign into LinkedIn first. To find the PSYOP group, click on...