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“The conference topic is a critical one for domestic law enforcement, and the sponsors decided to delay the conference so it can include insights from, among other sources, the new national strategy for countering violent extremism,” Mr. Chandler told Inside the Ring.
Mr. Chandler said the department along with the National Counterterrorism Center, Justice Department and FBI are developing training programs “focused primarily on better preparing front line law enforcement personnel to identify those behaviors and indicators associated with terrorism-related criminal activity.”
“Equally important is ensuring that the input state and local law enforcement is received so that conference participants receive material that is as current and comprehensive as possible to support the essential mission of safeguarding Americans here at home,” he said.
POLICY BOARD SHIFT
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta this week moved to replace key members of the Defense Policy Board, the advisory group of former officials that serves as a brain trust.
“He made it more ‘Democratic,’” one board member quipped about the changes.
Liberals added to the board include former Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright and Jane Harman, a former Democratic congresswoman from California. Also added: former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead.
Most notable among the new members is Ms. Gorelick, who was notorious for erecting the so-called bureaucratic “wall” blocking law enforcement and intelligence agencies from cooperating closely before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The 9/11 Commission blamed the wall as a contributing factor to the failure to stop the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Conservatives no longer on the board include Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Reagan-era Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Fred Ikle, and retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Air power is key, if not decisive, in toppling regimes,” he said. “Some things never change. Post 9/11 has reinforced that in spades.”
He said that once the first fighter wing deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 to keep Saddam’s troops from invading from Kuwait, the Air Force began a long war that included bombing Baghdad, enforcing no-go zones in Iraq, bombing Afghanistan and then striking Baghdad again.
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About the Author
Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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