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Alan W. Dowd

Nervous Systems

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Feb 3, 2016

Large-scale cyberattacks targeting U.S. citizens, interests and infrastructure are happening so frequently that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of the onslaught. The most recent of these came last summer, when Chinese hackers penetrated ...

Word Games

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Words are never more important than actions, but words matter, especially a president’s words. Using language to steer the nation is part of a president’s job. The American presidency, after all, is “the bully pulpit.” ...

Convincing the Commander-in-Chief

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Nov 30, 2015

A day after the president declared ISIS “contained,” the terror superpower launched a series of attacks across Paris, killing 130 people. The Paris siege followed the ISIS bombing of a Beirut market and takedown of a Russian airliner ...

An American Policy

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 28, 2015

After months of warning Beijing that the U.S. Navy would challenge China’s illegal bid to seize a large swath of the South China Sea by turning atolls into armed islands, the White House has finally ordered the destroyer USS Lassen to defend ...

An Army of Conscience

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 29, 2015

What a relief: The UN Security Council (UNSC) has agreed to allow an international WMD watchdog to determine who is to blame for the chemical-weapons attacks in Syria. Up until now, in classic UN style, the Organization for the Prohibition of ...

First Responder and Last Line of Defense

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 8, 2015

By now, most of us know about the three American heroes—two of them off-duty military personnel—who foiled a terrorist attack on a packed Amsterdam-to-Paris train. Armed with an AK-47, a handgun, nine magazines of ammunition and a box ...

After the Iran Deal: Bracing for the Worst

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jul 24, 2015

President Obama is trumpeting a deal hammered out by U.S., European, Russian and Iranian diplomats aimed at halting Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon. But before we usher in yet another era of peace in our time, let’s take a ...

NATO: One for All or All for One?

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jul 8, 2015

“We cannot afford, if we can help it, to work on narrow margins, offering temptations to a trial of strength,” Churchill warned at the onset of the Cold War. Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, who commands Estonia’s military, sounds positively ...

Missiles, Mistakes and Madmen

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jun 2, 2015

Three decades ago, there were nine countries that fielded ballistic missiles. Today, there are 32. Excluding the U.S., Russian and Chinese arsenals, the number of ballistic missiles in the world has swelled from 1,200 to 6,000 in recent years. ...

Triaging the Middle East

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Apr 27, 2015

What some have termed “Islam’s civil war” is dizzying in its complexity: Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen appear to be fracturing along sectarian fault lines. The air forces of Egypt and the UAE are striking jihadist groups in Libya. ...

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