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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Affordability–the new watchword

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by admin in Blog, News, Services, Top Picks | Comments Off on Affordability–the new watchword

On the heels of the new strategy, DoD has now released a white paper on what the programmatic implications are, and a condensed Programmatic Decisions List. The actions are extensive and represent real cuts to force structure and formerly projected acquisitions. However, many decisions with major fiscal implications are deferred, fudged or ignored, for now. […]

Decoding the new defense strategy

Posted on January 12th, 2012 by admin in Blog, News, Top Picks | Comments Off on Decoding the new defense strategy

On January 6th, with a good deal of fanfare (a rare visit by the President to the Pentagon), DoD released a strategy (5.4 MB PDF) that supposedly will guide investment and military employment decisions through the next few years. Most observers were disappointed–there was little in the way of explicit prioritization, and no details on implementation. And […]