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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.

Afghanistan is the Best Line Item DoD Could Cut

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by admin in Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Afghanistan is the Best Line Item DoD Could Cut

Diligent’s CEO J. Michael Barrett authored an op-ed for the Washington Examiner about how in an era of fiscal constraints there needs to be more realism injected into our national security policy, starting with stopping the waste of funds to the hopeless cause of any ‘meaningful victory’ in Afghanistan.  The piece closes with the recognition […]

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.

Domestic Preparedness article regarding need for Resilience in the U.S. electrical grid

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Domestic Preparedness article regarding need for Resilience in the U.S. electrical grid

As several million Americans continue to struggle with the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, it is worth asking how the nation can better prepare to weather future natural and manmade disasters. This is particularly important in considering one of the storm’s most important impacts – namely, its near-total destruction of the electrical power grid and […]

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 […]

Iranian Oil Sanctions, Smuggling & Investments

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Iranian Oil Sanctions, Smuggling & Investments

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett discusses the ongoing sanctions against Iran and how the regime there continues to make investments thru revenues from smuggling oil into world markets in an interview with Melissa Francis of Fox Business News.  A clip of the interview is available on YouTube by clicking here: Oil Sanctions, Smuggling & Investments.

Article: Battle Ready Radars, The Hill

Posted on October 29th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Article: Battle Ready Radars, The Hill

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett’s latest article appeared in The Hill newspaper on 29 October, 2012.  A pdf version of the article is available by clicking here: Battle Ready Radars.

Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone, Sign of Looming Conflict

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone, Sign of Looming Conflict

Diligent’s CEO Mike Barrett discusses the evolution of asymmetric warfare and technology used by sub-state groups as reflected in the Israeli shoot-down of an unarmed drone, noting that the escalation of kinetic events portends a coming conflict.  A copy of the video on YouTube is available by clicking here:  Studio B, Israel Shoots Down Iranian […]

Libya and US Foreign Policy

Posted on October 8th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Libya and US Foreign Policy

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett discusses national security under the Obama Presidency and implications for US interests in Libya and across the region.  A clip of the interview on YouTube is available be clicking here.

Egypt and the broader Middle East Unrest

Posted on September 27th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Egypt and the broader Middle East Unrest

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett discusses the ongoing unrest across the Middle East and the Egyptian motion to suppress speech related to Islamic figures.  A link to the video on YouTube is available here: Studio B, 9-26-2012.

Defense News: All Revolutions Involve Chaos

Posted on September 25th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Defense News: All Revolutions Involve Chaos

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett’s latest article, “All Revolutions Involve Chaos”, appeared in Defense News on September 24, 2012. A link to a .pdf version of the article is available here: All Revolutions Involve Chaos.

Small Wars Journal: Dangerous Precedent of POTUS Picking Targets

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Small Wars Journal: Dangerous Precedent of POTUS Picking Targets

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett’s latest article, “The Dangerous Precedent of POTUS Picking Targets“, appeared in the Small Wars Journal on August 27, 2012.  A link to a .pdf version of the article is available here: The Dangerous Precedent of POTUS Picking Targets.

Syria is Sunni vs Shia TOTAL WAR

Posted on August 19th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Top Picks, Videos | Comments Off on Syria is Sunni vs Shia TOTAL WAR

Diligent CEO Mike Barrett discusses the ongoing warfare in Syria and the Assad regime’s use of tanks and planes against civilians as an example of the case that this is all-out ‘Total War’ unlikely to end through negotiation, but rather only after significantly more bloodshed.  A clip of the interview is available on YouTube by clicking here: […]