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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.

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.  

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

Article: Where are the Foreign Policy Realists?

Posted on May 9th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Article: Where are the Foreign Policy Realists?

Diligent’s J. Michael Barrett had a piece in the Washington Examiner discussing the silence of the ‘realists’ when it comes to current foreign policy discussions such as when and where to intervene using the U.S. military and other facets of national security.  The link is here: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/05/where-are-foreign-policy-realists/579351 or in pdf format here: Where are the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Defense News Article, “Unleashing Pent-up Data”

Posted on March 25th, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Defense News Article, “Unleashing Pent-up Data”

Diligent’s co-founders had another article this week in Defense News about the power of unleashing the DoD’s data by giving better access to the numbers and inspiring a revolution in how people combine the art and the science of defense and military planning. Click here for the article in pdf format.

Inside Human Terrain Teams (HTTs), by Diligent’s John Thorne

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by admin in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks | Comments Off on Inside Human Terrain Teams (HTTs), by Diligent’s John Thorne

Diligent Innovations’ Senior Analyst John Thorne, a former Social Scientist deployed with Human Terrain Team AF-21 in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, explains a framework for identifying sources of instability among the local nationals and understanding the real roots of local level conflicts.  The article, entitled “Local Assessment Framework: Analyzing Perceptions and Sources of Violence“, is available […]

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 […]

Mike Barrett interviewed about the prospects for our Afghan strategy

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by admin in Top Picks | Comments Off on Mike Barrett interviewed about the prospects for our Afghan strategy

Diligent’s Mike Barrett discusses the prospects and challenges facing the strategy in Afghanistan and lack of demonstrated White House support for the current strategy through speeches, etc. Click here for the video:

Mike Barrett discusses Afghanistan strategy and recent events

Posted on March 16th, 2012 by admin in Top Picks | Comments Off on Mike Barrett discusses Afghanistan strategy and recent events

Diligent’s Mike Barrett discusses recent events in Afghanistan on Studio B with Shep Smith. Click here for a link to you-tube.

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 […]