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John Little has been breaking national security news and leveraging thousands of conflict, intelligence, security, technology & political sources to provide level-headed analysis in a complex news environment since 2002. @blogsofwar

Covert Contact Episode 2

Terrorism, Trolls, Tech - and Our Struggle to Understand

In episode two of the Covert Contact podcast (Subscribe via iTunes), I’m offering my take on the notion than Twitter is broken. David Auerbach did a fine job of arguing just that in Slate recently, and I agree with much of what he wrote, but my conclusion might surprise...

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October 15, 2014

Covert Contact Episode 1

Intelligence Failures, eDiplomacy, and Agent Storm

In episode one of the Covert Contact podcast (Subscribe via iTunes) I am looking at the notion of intelligence failures and why they’re often more complicated than they seem – or not failures at all. I’m also taking a look at the new biography of Murad Storm, the...

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October 13, 2014

Introducing Covert Contact: The Blogs of War Podcast

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Introducing Covert Contact: The Blogs of War Podcast

Launching a Blogs of War podcast has been on my ToDo list for an embarrassingly long time - like about a decade. Well now, inexplicably, it has happened.

Covert Contact, like all of my projects, is going to be a bit experimental. I have to...

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October 11, 2014

Ryan Boyette: Chronicling the War in Sudan from the Nuba Mountains

Giving Nubans the Power to Share Their Own Stories

Ryan Boyette: Chronicling the War in Sudan from the Nuba Mountains

Sudan, like too many other places in Africa, fades in and out of the sights of Western journalists and their readers. Many foreign observers and aid workers have been harassed, forced out, and even killed. It is one of those...

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October 08, 2014

Excerpt: Before the First Shots Are Fired by General Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz

How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield

Before the First Shots Are Fired by General Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz For the better part of the last half century, the United States has been the World’s Police, claiming to defend ideologies, allies, and our national security through brute force. But is military action always the...

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September 03, 2014

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, Updates Blogs of War on the ISIL Threat

We Talk Western Support, Kurdish Cooperation, and Political Reform

Ambassador Lukman Faily The Ambassador was kind enough to take some additional questions. I originally submitted these questions to him the day before there were widespread reports of, if not a coup, at least a difficult...

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August 14, 2014

A Different Kind of Veteran

Thoughts on Countering Australian Jihadis from Clint Arizmendi and John Little

Thoughts on Countering Australian Jihadis from Clint Arizmendi and John Little

Clint Arizmendi is a researcher in the Emerging Threats and Opportunities section of the Directorate of Future Land Warfare. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect those of the Australian Army, Australian Department of Defence...

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August 14, 2014

DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn Shares His Thoughts on Threats, Opportunities, and 33 Years of Service

A Career, and World, in Transition

DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn Shares His Thoughts on Threats, Opportunities, and 33 Years of Service

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has had a long and distinguished intelligence career. His bio-sketch could easily run longer than this interview. His relentless, no-nonsense approach to...

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August 06, 2014

PBS NewsHour and Blogs of War Twitter Chat on Social Media and Warfare

1-2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 31

Twitter Chat: Is social media a weapon in modern warfare?

The nice folks at PBS @NewsHour asked me and @PJTobia to spend an hour discussing the topic with them on Twitter.

Social media can be used to circulate true information in the face of censorship. It can also cause...

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July 30, 2014

U.S. and European Airlines Halt Flights to Tel Aviv

Disrupting Civil Aviation Just Got Much Easier

U.S. and European Airlines Halt Flights to Tel Aviv

I absolutely understand the concern raised by this single small rocket. The entire world has endured a miserable, helpless, gruesome week observing the aftermath of Malaysian Air Flight 17. If you think airline executives and aviation...

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July 22, 2014

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