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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

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.  

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 […]

Why Negotiations with Iran Won’t Work

Posted on March 8th, 2012 by admin in Blog, News | Comments Off on Why Negotiations with Iran Won’t Work

People are starting to wonder if there is real concern for conflict between Iran and Israel or if this is just political posturing and gamesmanship.  Sadly, it seems likely it is real this time around.  Why, then, is Iran meeting with inspectors? Iran is willing to meet with inspectors simply to play out the clock […]

Is Arming Syria’s Opposition Managing the Crisis or just Meddling?

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by admin in Blog | Comments Off on Is Arming Syria’s Opposition Managing the Crisis or just Meddling?

The drumbeat for intervention in Syria grows louder as President Bashar al-Assad has taken a page out of his father’s playbook – Hama, 1982 – by shelling the city of Homs for three weeks.  The severe humanitarian crisis continues to grow and Syria is at risk of a Lebanon-esque implosion into civil war.  An internal […]

Can Iranian Nukes be as contained as North Korea’s?

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by admin in Blog | Comments Off on Can Iranian Nukes be as contained as North Korea’s?

The potential for nuclear war in and around Iran seems to be growing day by day.  Perhaps recent news stories about hoe the US and North Korea are entering yet another period of apparent détente regarding the “Hermit Kingdom’s” nuclear program presents an opportune time to take account of the US strategy towards Iran, however. […]

The Navy’s High-Tech $50,000 Kitty-cat Removal System

Posted on February 29th, 2012 by michael in Blog, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on The Navy’s High-Tech $50,000 Kitty-cat Removal System

  The Navy’s High-Tech $50,000 Kitty-cat Removal System   It is almost too easy to mock the six-agency, 18 month, $3 million effort to clear 59 cats off of a Navy-owned island.  The island of San Nicolas hosts a launch platform for short and medium missile testing, and radar observation facilities for missile testing.  At […]

Cutting defense spending responsibly

Posted on February 9th, 2012 by michael in Blog, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on Cutting defense spending responsibly

Diligent’s J. Michael Barrett had an article entitled, “Cutting defense spending responsibly” in todays Congress Blog over in The Hill newspaper.  A link to it at their site is here: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/209505-j-michael-barrett-principal-diligent-innovations.

BRAC should be based on sound military strategy, not jobs creation

Posted on February 7th, 2012 by michael in Blog, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on BRAC should be based on sound military strategy, not jobs creation

As part of the overall effort to significantly reduce defense spending President Obama will soon ask congress to establish a Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission.  While some analysts are concerned about losing military infrastructure and the ability to quickly reconstitute our forces should war require it, many other military decision makers have acknowledged this […]

Beware the False Economies of Smart Strategies

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by michael in Blog, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on Beware the False Economies of Smart Strategies

The basic tenets of the 16-page DoD overview released last week (available here) appear relatively sound on the surface.  The devil is in both the details and in the actually doing, not the saying – but a focus on Asia and the Middle East is reasonable, and hopefully the concepts of rapid forward-deployable ‘lily-pads’ will […]