SAN ANTONIO - October 19, 2011 - Speaking of the budget crunch the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, criticized the peace dividend of the 1990s and the way it was implemented, repeating similar comments he has made before that "we cut too hard in the 1990s based just on money - at the same time that AQ was getting into position and started its program." He noted that the US had to completely rebuild its HUMINT programs that were "all but decimated" by the cuts in the 1990s. He noted that AQ is now on the run and this would be the absolute worst time to "pull back". He could not be more right - it would be like Meade not pursuing Lee after Gettysberg.
MI is maintained by a small dedicated staff. It started several years ago as a research resource for interesting stories. Over time, original content was added. Analytical context is derived from decades of support to NS decision making bodies. Open-source, forward-leaning, our objective is to help shape readers’ understanding of the world in which the US seeks to maintain or gain comparative advantage in strategic affairs. The 9/11 Commission Report’s key lament was the absence of imagination among analysts and decision makers. MI’s intent is to creatively speculate on plausible futures and recommend how their worst effects might be minimized, or, if at all possible, avoided.
This is a Grand Strategy platform. Within that rubric, frequent topics will include countering nuclear weapons and materials of concern; emulation of opposition strategic thinking, threat vectors, and pathways; examination of friend and foe policy and actions; and practical recommendations for improving security for the west.