Blogs of War

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

Robots and the Future of Warfare: The Advantage Might Not Lie with the Inventors

Covert Contact Podcast Episode 6

In episode 6 of the Covert Contact podcast I am looking at the evolution of unmanned platforms and speculate about the impact that they could have on warfare. The technology is evolving faster than our appreciation...

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October 30, 2014

Establish Covert Contact

How You Can Participate in the Podcast

Sharing your take on a Covert Contact episode, national security, intelligence, or tech topic with the Covert Contact community is easy. Just call 1-443-681-9430 and leave a message. You can call at any time and on any subject but you must avoid profanity and keep the...

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October 26, 2014

Lone Wolf Terrorism and the Importance of Perspective

Covert Contact Episode 5

In episode 5 I take a look at the real impact of lone wolf terror attacks, why ISIS seems to have been more successful than al-Qaeda at motivating these individual actors, and how the average citizen can put these acts of violence in proper...

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October 25, 2014

What the Attack in Ottawa Teaches Us About Terrorists – And Ourselves

Covert Contact Episode 4


As promised earlier today this episode of Covert Contact is focused entirely on today’s attack in Ottawa. I had originally intended this to be a discussion about a particular type of attack and terrorist strategy but much is...

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October 22, 2014

Crypto Wars: Winners, Losers, and the Case for Compromise

Covert Contact Episode 3

In episode three of the Covert Contact podcast (Subscribe via iTunes) I'm focusing on a single critical topic - the struggle between privacy advocates and governments over cryptography. This is a sensitive topic and there are a lot of...

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October 21, 2014

Terrorism, Trolls, Tech - and Our Struggle to Understand

Covert Contact Episode 2

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

Intelligence Failures, eDiplomacy, and Agent Storm

Covert Contact Episode 1

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

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