The MAZZ-INT Blog by Joe Mazzafro
01/06/2015 - 2015 Will Be Like 2014 — Just Different
The holidays this year were unusually kind to the Mazzafro family, and I hope the same is true for you and all who matter to you. No holiday though for world events that affect and effect our national security and personal safety. While there have fortunately been no ISIS beheadings since our last virtual encounter, […]
12/10/2014 - The DNI at 10: Are We Safer or Just Lucky?
It will be a few days before you see this, but I am writing on December 7th, which has special meaning for me because of my career as a Naval Intelligence Officer. The failure to warn, despite a variety of indicators that became clear after this Day of Infamy in 1941, resulted in the formation […]
11/18/2014 - Just Another Weekend in November — Hardly!
There was a Symposium in Austin during mid-October sponsored by University of Texas’ Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law as well as UT’s Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) that I thought I would be writing about. This two day event looked at the now 10 year […]
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 […]
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