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9/11 Perspectives

Blind or Confused: The Impact of 9/11 and Its Aftermath on Risk | Freier

Blind or Confused:The Impact of 9/11 and Its Aftermath on Risk September 22, 2021 | Professor Nathan Freier STRATEGY WITHOUT RISK IS NOT STRATEGY In a defense and military security context, the United States has at times been “risk-blind” and, at others, “risk-confused” over the last two decades.1 These conditions likely predate the 9/11 attacks. But …

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Twenty Years after 9/11: The US Army at a Crossroads | Shatzer

Twenty Years after 9/11: The US Army at a Crossroads September 9, 2021   |  Colonel George Shatzer No retrospective on the September 11 attacks can escape the bleak pall cast by the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan today. Despite the enormous financial investment in the country and the grim human costs borne by the United …

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The Best-Laid Plans Upended | Deni

The Best-Laid Plans Upended August 27, 2021  |  Dr. John R. Deni The American national security establishment is shifting from nation building to addressing the challenge of rising great powers, from a near obsession with the United States Central Command geographic area of responsibility to an emphasis on the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Sound familiar? This shift …

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9/11 and the Ethics of Fear: Maintaining the High Ground in the Face of Uncertainty | Pfaff

9/11 and the Ethics of Fear:Maintaining the High Ground in the Face of Uncertainty August 30, 2021  |  Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff INTRODUCTION The coordinated terrorist attacks on 9/11 took the lives of almost 3,000 people, destroyed $55 billion worth of infrastructure, and caused $123 billion in other economic impact.1 Perhaps just as tragically, the …

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Twenty Years after 9/11: Implications for US Policy in the Middle East | Bolan

Twenty Years after 9/11: Implications for US Policy in the Middle East August 31, 2021  |  Dr. Christopher J. Bolan The September 11 attacks represented a major strategic shock to US foreign policy in the Middle East. Whereas much of US foreign policy during the Cold War understandably focused on the global threats posed by …

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“Never Forget”: 9/11 Then and Now—Thoughts on Readiness | Lohmann

“Never Forget”: 9/11 Then and Now—Thoughts on Readiness August 31, 2021  |  Dr. Sarah Lohmann On the morning of September 11, 2001, I stopped by the post office on my way to the newsroom of the Washington, DC–based newspaper where I worked as an editorial writer. I wanted to mail a postcard of the World …

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“Après Nous, le Déluge” | Mason

“Après Nous, le Déluge”​ August 31, 2021 | Dr. Chris M. Mason The Taliban have retaken control of Afghanistan. The quixotic, United States-led, 20-year nation-building project in Afghanistan is over. “I . . . don’t think anyone thought Afghanistan would turn so badly so quick,” a US official is quoted as saying recently.1 If that …

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9/11 and the Army Reserve: The Strategic Shift | Lawrence

9/11 and the Army Reserve: The Strategic Shift August 31, 2021 | Colonel Matthew W. Lawrence The 9/11 attacks’ effects on the United States and its foreign policies cannot be understated. The United States, in essence, lost its innocence that day and has never been the same. The attacks spurred changes in the way the …

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9/11, Latin America, and the Impermanence of Strategic Concepts | Ellis

9/11, Latin America, and theImpermanence of Strategic Concepts September 7, 2021  |  Dr. R. Evan Ellis On September 11, 2001, then US President George W. Bush had just completed a historic summit with his Mexican counterpart, Vicente Fox, the week prior. The interaction built on the “special friendship” between the two nations and the intertwined …

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9/11, Post-Primacy, and Defense Strategy Development | Freier

9/11, Post-Primacy, andDefense Strategy Development September 7, 2021   |   Professor Nathan Freier INTRODUCTION: LAST FEW HOURS OF UNRIVALED PRIMACY September 2001 was Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) season in the Pentagon. The QDR was the Bush-Rumsfeld DoD’s first crack at publicly reshaping the post–Cold War military.1 The DPG was the classified …

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The Lessons of 9/11 for Defense Planning | Cliff

The Lessons of 9/11 for Defense Planning September 8, 2021  |  Dr. Roger Cliff On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was working at the Pentagon in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy. The DoD was preparing to issue a report documenting the findings of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense …

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