Author Scott Laidig and book subject Gen. Al Gray will be at The National Museum of The Marine Corps, Quantico, Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12-2 to sign the first volume in the biography series on Gen. Gray. The book is available at the Museum book store, and it is also sold on Amazon.
In this first volume of the authorized Al Gray, Marine biography series, author, Scott Laidig gives a detailed account of Al Gray as a young sergeant in the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon through his tours with the artillery, the infantry, special operations, and intelligence units through 1967. This work is well-researched and referenced – rich with personal and historical details, images, anecdotes and colorful episodes that bring this remarkable Marine’s experiences to life on the page. Hardbound and Kindle editions are available through Amazon and through our distributor, Baker & Taylor. The paperback edition of Volume 1 is forthcoming, Fall, 2013.
Editors: Michael Swetnam and Tim Sample
This volume was assembled as a preliminary framework for the development of a national doctrine for the cyber era. The goal is to raise and debate the issues that a doctrine should consider, and to begin identifying a broad framework from which a doctrine might be developed. It is intended to be the start of a critically important discussion on this topic, one that will inform and guide the development of a useful and enduring doctrine, as well as subsequent policies and strategies, for the United States. Hardbound and paperback available on Amazon and through Baker & Taylor distribution.
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Potomac Institute Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith recently co-authored an article titled "Azerbaijan moves toward democracy" with R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence.
The piece, which ran in August, highlights upcoming elections in Azerbiajan and important steps and ingredients to building a successful, strong democratic society. While recognizing some shortcomings in Azerbaijan, the authors noted important elements there that can help build toward success: "indigenous democratic traditions; a high educational level; devotion to secularism; moderation and mutual respect; remarkable economic development; and a pivotal position in East-West trade."
After providing several examples of continuing investments Azerbaijan has made in the move toward democracy, the authors highlight that country's role as an important security partner and the prominence that area has --the South Caucasus Eas-West Corridor -- in U.S. security interests.
The article can be found on The Hill's website,
Video from the Aug. 27 seminar on "The Terrorists-Prisoners Challenge: Lessons Learned and Future Outlook" is available for viewing. Visit our "Events" tab and select "Past Events" to be directed to the video.
Terrorism and Intelligence - Potomac Institute Seminar Examines Political, Legal and Strategic Challenges
Experts on the challenges involved in using intelligence to address terrorism threats spoke at a seminar at The Potomac Institute July 25. The topic was chosen because of the public debate over the unfolding NSA saga and its implications for U.S. national and global security interests.
The Institute’s CEO, Mike Swetnam, opened the seminar, speaking on technology and how rapidly communications now occur through social media. He focused not only on cyber-warfare threats, but also the need to be able to respond in real time to propaganda and events on social media. His opening remarks made the case for a proactive and united American intelligence and cyber-warfare community.
The keynote speaker for “Terrorism and Intelligence: Political, Legal, and Strategic Challenges” was Dr. Donald Kerr, who spoke of the complexities in balancing the need for intelligence against what he considered a multi-generational understanding of privacy and security. He reviewed his involvement with the FBI program CARNIVORE, which intercepted emails, as well as his role in investigations in embassy bombings and the bombing of the USS Cole. He related his struggle with finding political middle ground and the lack of serious discussions about these vital matters.
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