The MAZZ-INT Blog by Joe Mazzafro
07/18/2014 - JULY 17th
17 July is the kind of day when events come together in ways that cause international order (what’s left of it) to spiral out of control. Around 1:00 PM Eastern Time a relatively quiet news day was shattered by reports that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH-17) had apparently been brought down (later confirmed by Vice […]
06/24/2014 - Remember the Rocky Horror Picture Show from 1975? Then Let’s do the “Time Warp” Together!
My intention was to write about how the Intelligence Community (IC) might go about restoring its confidence and creditability with the American people, but that seemed tone deaf given the events of early June: Boko Haram kidnapping 200 Nigerian school girls A friendly fire incident in Afghanistan that killed five US Army soldiers with a […]
05/27/2014 - The “New Normal” and DIA
It is Memorial Day and I am surprised by how inured I am to our military being at war for 13 years now. I am careful to say the military rather than the nation being at war, because since 9/11 two very different two-term Presidents have as a matter of policy made the fights in […]
04/22/2014 - Live from GEOINT in Tampa
I am writing this edition of the Mazz-INT blog in Tampa Florida where I am excited to be for the delayed version of GEOINT 13. As with past GEOINT’s I am looking forward to hearing from the leadership of the Intelligence Community (IC) regarding both the current state of the community and where it is […]
03/11/2014 - The Future is Now?
There is no doubt that the situation in the Ukraine where Russian political and economic interests are pitted against those of Western Europe, and by extension to the U.S., is the most serious confrontation with Russia since the war in Kosovo. I am amused, however, by the dust-up during the first week in March about […]
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