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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. He is also the host of the national security and technology podcast Covert Contact. @blogsofwar

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Tweaking the Tweets

sb_float If you've followed @blogsofwar on Twitter for long you know that it's not uncommon for me to experiment with content and the way that it's delivered. At times the feed has been fully human, at others almost fully driven by aggregation tools that I use on the backend, and lately it's been a little bit of both.

About two years . . .

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April 23, 2015

Encryption as the New Norm: Discussing A Changing Internet with ProtonMail Co-Founder Andy Yen

Covert Contact Episode 19

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been evaluating ProtonMail. This service is part of a new generation of tools (most inspired by Edward Snowden) developed with the aim of delivering robust encrypted communications and file sharing to the widest possible audience.

Blogs of War readers know that I’m not an Edward Snowden fan, far from it in . . .

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March 27, 2015

Espionage Among Allies

Guest Post by William Tucker

William Tucker William serves as a senior security representative to a major government contractor where he acts as the Counterintelligence Officer, advises on counterterrorism issues, and prepares personnel for overseas travel. His additional duties include advising his superiors in matters concerning emergency management and business continuity planning. . . .

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March 26, 2015

The Battle Between Encryption and Mass Surveillance with Former FBI Agent David Gomez

Covert Contact Episode 18

I emailed retired FBI agent David Gomez from my new ProtonMail account to propose a podcast about encryption and its effect on mass surveillance from a homeland security and law enforcement perspective. You’re reading this because he immediately accepted.

Encrypted communication has been available to consumers for decades but new tools are . . .

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March 22, 2015

Life, and Art, in Afghanistan with Francesca Recchia

Covert Contact Episode 17

In this episode I catch up with Francesca Recchia to get an update on life in Kabul, Afghanistan where, mostly thanks to the weather, life has been even more difficult than usual. But the conversation also shifts quickly to the subject of art, and artists, in the country. Francesca is working hard to develop cultural programs there and she . . .

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March 18, 2015

Isn’t It Bromantic: Thoughts on Soft Biases and Gender Demographics in Military Affairs

Guest Post by Jill S. Russell

Jill S. Russell is a military historian whose interests lie in contemporary security affairs. She has recently submitted her doctoral dissertation on logistics, subsistence and American strategic culture. She has worked as a defence consultant and in the American professional military education system. You can find her writing at Kings of War . . .

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March 16, 2015

Why Terrorism Fails: A Discussion with Max Abrahms

Covert Contact Episode 16

We know that terrorism succeeds at terrorizing its targets but does it help the groups behind it achieve their political goals? In this episode I'm joined by Northeastern University professor and terrorism theorist Max Abrahms who makes a persuasive case that terrorism does not succeed where other more selective uses of violence might. I . . .

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March 16, 2015