As Pakistan has forced its way into America's national con sciousness over the past few years, bookshelves have grown crowded with publications devoted to deciphering the murky politics behind this nuclear-armed nation in perpetual crisis. The latest entry to this roster, "The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination and Instability," is a welcome one, and comes to us from James Farwell, a strategic communications guru and longtime adviser to U.S. Special Operations Command and Strategic Command.
In the defense industry, it is incumbent upon us constantly to reassess the tools in our arsenal to gauge their effectiveness. The story of how social media became a valued asset begins, like many others, with a unique idea and ensuing internal bureaucratic struggles. The outcome is a successful policy launched by the public sector - the Department of Defense - and joined by many in the private sector that enables us to do better what taxpayers and our customers expect us to do: our jobs.
For the first two weeks of August, the Internet buzzed with "inside knowledge" of an Israeli air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the month. One of most quoted warnings came from Philip Giraldi, a polyglot former CIA operative who writes for the American Conservative and is no friend of Israel.