comment by Jerry Gordon

captnyol58807290432security_reform_nyol588.jpgYesterday, we posted a wire service story about a Period of Heightened Awareness given a variety of factors that provoked the FBI and the DHS to signal that something could be up with Al Qaeda during the Presidential campaign to mid-year 2009. You would think that we’d have better intelligence than that. Apparently not, according to a Congressionally mandated Project on National Security Reform.

Note these comments from the Study team director and former US UN ambassador Thomas Pickering:

    The study, mandated by Congress, was undertaken by the Project on National Security Reform. The research was conducted by more than 300 national security experts from think tanks, universities, federal agencies, law firms and corporations.
    A final version with recommended reforms, including a proposal for new security legislation, is expected to be issued in October.

    “We will approach whoever is elected before the inauguration and will be having discussions with campaign staffs between now and the election,” James R. Locher III, executive director of the project, said in an interview.

    “We will draft presidential directives that can be imposed by the new president immediately,” Locher said.

    Thomas J. Pickering, a former career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement that the findings would be valuable to the next president and to Congress.

    “Our national security system is broken and needs fixing,” he said.

    “Agencies need to cooperate rather than compete with each other as they work to protect the United States from a broad range of new dangers never imagined” when the national security system was initiated in 1947, Pickering said.

My problem is that this report on national security reform, that was taxpayer funded, will likely lead to nothing. Especially when ‘shadow warriors’ enablers like Amb.Pickering and former National Security Adviser, Brent Scowcroft are involved. And what is their biggest innovation? A “Doomsday Clock” equivalent to the famous Atomic clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists used during the Soviet cold war era usual showing the hands at less than five minutes a nuclear showdown at Noon. My problem with reports on reforming national security is that with an intelligence and counterterrrosim community so riddled with political correctness and fearful of tackling fundamentalist Islamic Jihad terror-the threat of the 21st Century - nothing from these gray beards and think tanks will help plan to combat it. Ask one simple question. Was Steve Coughlin, the lone expert of the Islamic law war doctrine at the Pentagon involved in this report? The answer: probably not.

by Barry Schweid, AP, July 28, 2008

WASHINGTON - In a report aimed at the next president, security specialists are proposing a vast overhaul of the U.S. security system, declaring it problem-plagued.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, said frequent feuding and jurisdictional disputes among Cabinet secretaries and other agency heads force the president to spend too much time settling internal fights.
Time and money are wasted on duplicative and inefficient actions, slowing down government responses to crises, the report said.
The president and his top advisers focus on day-to-day crisis management rather than long-term planning, “allowing problems to escape presidential attention until they worsen and reach the crisis level,” said the report, to be issued later in the week.
The study, mandated by Congress, was undertaken by the Project on National Security Reform. The research was conducted by more than 300 national security experts from think tanks, universities, federal agencies, law firms and corporations.

A final version with recommended reforms, including a proposal for new security legislation, is expected to be issued in October.

“We will approach whoever is elected before the inauguration and will be having discussions with campaign staffs between now and the election,” James R. Locher III, executive director of the project, said in an interview.

“We will draft presidential directives that can be imposed by the new president immediately,” Locher said.

Thomas J. Pickering, a former career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement that the findings would be valuable to the next president and to Congress.

“Our national security system is broken and needs fixing,” he said. (Continue Reading this Article)


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