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CENTCOM pressuring Iraqi Army to stand and fight

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on CENTCOM pressuring Iraqi Army to stand and fight

Mike Barrett explains why US official outlined plans to retake Mosul from ISIS. A link to the clip is available here.

Belgium: Major, imminent attacks thwarted by terror raid

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Belgium: Major, imminent attacks thwarted by terror raid

Mike Barrett discusses the recent success by Belgian security forces. A link to the clip is available here.

Tactical victory is not enough in Iraq

Posted on November 12th, 2014 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Tactical victory is not enough in Iraq

Mike Barrett discusses the recent gains by Iraqi forces. A link to the clip is available

Mike Barrett discusses ISIS militant attacks

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Mike Barrett discusses ISIS militant attacks

Mike Barrett discusses the the recent attacks by ISIS militants the US reaction. A link to the clip is available

US Strategy vs. ISIS

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on US Strategy vs. ISIS

Mike Barrett discusses the current US strategy against ISIS and why the US needs a “reasonable strategy.” A link to the clip is available

Analysis of US Reaction to ISIS Threat

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Analysis of US Reaction to ISIS Threat

Mike Barrett is part of a panel discussing the ISIS threat and the reactions of the President and intelligence community. A link to the clip on Fox Business News is available by clicking

Defense News: All Coups Are Not Created Equal

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Defense News: All Coups Are Not Created Equal

Mike Barrett’s op-ed regarding the recent Coup in Egypt and practical analysis of the outcomes was featured in Defense News.  Click here for the article in .pdf format.

Washington Examiner article: Smarter Grid is a Smart Investment

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Washington Examiner article: Smarter Grid is a Smart Investment

Diligent team co-authored a recent feature article for the Washington Examiner titled Smarter Grid is a Smart Investment.  It is based on a 4-part strategy document we recently completed for the Lexington Institute regarding how to make the U.S. Electrical Grid more resilient, available here: http://www.lexingtoninstitute.org/energy.  

Discussion of Recent Events in Egypt, Including US Arms Sales

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Discussion of Recent Events in Egypt, Including US Arms Sales

Mike Barrett is part of a panel discussing the recent events in Egypt and how the current regime’s actions mean we should delay transfer of 20 F-16 fighter jets.  A link to the clip on YouTube is available by clicking here.

Analysis of Reports of Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, News, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Analysis of Reports of Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

Diligent’s CEO Mike Barrett discusses the realities of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the reported possible use of chemical weapons.  Discussion includes 3 plausible scenarios regarding those reports, as well as putting the death in Syria in perspective in comparison to Mexico, another war torn nation and one that’s on our border and closer […]

Why are we buying Afghan drug smugglers helos from Russian peddlers of WMD?

Posted on May 9th, 2012 by admin in Blog, Top Picks | Comments Off on Why are we buying Afghan drug smugglers helos from Russian peddlers of WMD?

The U.S. Army would like to move forward in their effort to supply the Afghan military with 21 Russian-manufactured MI-17 helicopters for $375 million which are to be purchased from Russia’s main weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport.  It should be noted, though, that the Afghan military has been using their US taxpayer-funded helicopters to transport illegal drugs […]

Why is Burma Suddenly Our Newest Friend?

Posted on April 26th, 2012 by admin in Blog | Comments Off on Why is Burma Suddenly Our Newest Friend?

It seems all too rare that a foreign nation implements US foreign policy of its own volition, but that is precisely what has happened in Burma, a country that since 1962 and until very recently has been dominated by oppressive military rule. Indeed, following fraudulent elections in 2010, the Burmese regime has voluntarily initiated a […]

North Korea, what are you doing? An open letter to Kim Jong Un.

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 by admin in Blog | Comments Off on North Korea, what are you doing? An open letter to Kim Jong Un.

To:  Respected Comrade Kim Jong-Un, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, Supreme Leader, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Dear Supreme Commander of North Korea’s so-called military: Just dropping you a quick line because we are a little worried about you.  It has been a […]

North Korea Acting Out — Again

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by admin in Blog, Top Picks | Comments Off on North Korea Acting Out — Again

North Korea stands ready to launch a long-range missile amid reports of an impending underground test of their nuclear capabilities.  Should we care? There are always two audiences for North Korea’s actions, internal and external: First, Kim Jong Un, the new leader, has a need to appear strong.  The place is a basket case in […]

Beware the Easy Answer of Just Arming Others

Posted on April 5th, 2012 by admin in Blog, Company, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on Beware the Easy Answer of Just Arming Others

It is perhaps not a surprise that the strategy for conflict management coming from the war-weary US has been trending towards a transfer of responsibility to foreign partners. Indeed, President Obama’s May 2010 National Security Plan outlines four initiatives for ensuring international order: Ensure Strong Allies, Build Cooperation with Other Centers of Influence, Strengthen Institutions, […]

Get in Here, but Stay Out There: Why Inconsistency in Foreign Policy is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by admin in Blog, News, Top Picks | Comments Off on Get in Here, but Stay Out There: Why Inconsistency in Foreign Policy is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

A Washington Post editorial today (Challenging Egypt’s Generals) describes how one former prisoner and now blogger in Egypt turned out to be right — “In March of last year, just weeks after the revolution, the activist posted an essay on his blog contending that, contrary to the slogan shouted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the […]

F-35 and F-18; Changing fortunes

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by admin in Services | Comments Off on F-35 and F-18; Changing fortunes

Not so long ago, the days of the F-18 seemed numbered. At least on paper, the Navy was committed to the carrier variant of the F-35, and production of the F-18 was ramping down. But aging of the current fleet and F-35 delays have created a very different picture. The two charts below illustrate the […]

Is the Hill full of “Helicopter Parents” when it comes to DoD?

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by admin in Blog, News, Top Picks | Comments Off on Is the Hill full of “Helicopter Parents” when it comes to DoD?

In recent years the label of “Helicopter Parents” has been given to the over-protective and patronizing parents who refuse to let their adult offspring make their own mature choices.  This presenta delimma — no parent wants their child to grow up and enter the world unprepared to face known and unknown challenges, but there is […]

Foreign Military Sales: More than Meets the Eye

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 by admin in Blog, Top Picks | Comments Off on Foreign Military Sales: More than Meets the Eye

Over the last few years the Department of Defense has publicly espoused an increasing desire to grow foreign military sales (FMS), and for good reasons – just not the ones generally espoused. Indeed, the deals are often described with benign terms such as “security cooperation” and “international partner assistance,” but in reality they are much […]

Sometimes, Cutting Budgets Spurs Innovation

Posted on March 16th, 2012 by admin in Blog, Top Picks | Comments Off on Sometimes, Cutting Budgets Spurs Innovation

Current and planned DoD budget cuts have set off painstaking turf wars across the Pentagon. As programs get reduced or eliminated, leaders tend to assume a zero-sum game mentality whereby one group’s win is another’s loss. The implication is that the armed forces will become less capable but evenly impacted across the services because the […]