The MAZZ-INT Blog by Joe Mazzafro
10/16/2014 - A Smaller and Radically Restructured IC?
The AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit (Summit) held at the Omni Shorem Hotel in Washington DC on 18 and 19 September was a grand event. Virtually all of the IC’s senior leadership made presentations while the IC’s industrial base was well represented by over 1,000 attendees many from small businesses because this event was […]
09/08/2014 - Crisis as Opportunity for the IC
The summer of crisis is showing no signs of abatement with the approach of the fall equinox. Yes, I am mindful that Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease fire on August 26th, but I don’t see it addressing any of the underlying causes feeding the violence on both sides with regard to Gaza. There […]
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 […]
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