Austin Bay

Posted May 27, 2015

On May 20, in an "on background" briefing, a "senior State Department official" discussed the recent Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province.

Posted May 20, 2015

Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted.

Posted May 13, 2015

Foreign foes see U.S. presidential election years as opportunities to test and bedevil -- which is a good reason to suspect 2016 will present the American electorate with a violent international challenge.

Posted May 06, 2015

Okinawa's ground battle began April 1, 1945, when four American divisions simultaneously assaulted the 65-mile-long island.

Posted April 22, 2015

Sobering tales of apocalyptic battle, where good and evil fight to an end-of-history finish, pervade religious texts. Romantic variations energize the arts, particularly literature, drama and film.

Posted April 15, 2015

Denmark's Bornholm Island apparently troubles Vladimir Putin's 21st-century Kremlin war planners as much as it vexed their Cold War Soviet-era predecessors.

Posted April 08, 2015

President Barack Obama initially touted his "historic understanding" with Iran as a transformational diplomatic step toward Middle East peace. Two days or so later, the White House called the "understanding" a "preliminary deal. "

Posted April 01, 2015

A pan-Arab military coalition has begun waging war in Yemen, ostensibly on behalf of deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Is this Arab League-approved "joint army" a credible combat force?

Posted March 25, 2015

The State Department's March 21 press release confirming the abrupt retreat of American personnel from Yemen attempts to conceal the magnitude of our latest Middle Eastern debacle.

Posted March 18, 2015

Poles knew September 2009 would be a bitter month. It marked the 70 anniversary of their country's great geo-political catastrophe, the start of World War 2 and their nation's imprisonment.

Posted March 11, 2015

The March 7, 1945, seizure the Rhine River's Remagen Bridge by a U.S. Army task force is an outstanding example of individual and organizational initiative and carefully assessed aggressiveness. A lesson in leader intuition, one with application to politics and business as well as battle, lies within the operation's deep history.

Posted March 04, 2015

On March 3, 2015 several thousand mourners in Moscow attended a memorial service for former Russian deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov.

Posted February 25, 2015

From Feb. 19, 1945 (when U.S. Marines assaulted its beaches) to March 27 of that year (the day combat officially ceased), the island of Iwo Jima was hell on earth.

Posted February 18, 2015

Islamic State leaders are convinced their organization's sensationally barbaric execution videos serve two distinct but, from their calculated perspective, useful purposes.

Posted February 11, 2015

President Barak Obama didn't intend to make the Battle of Yarmuk (636 A.D.) a 2015 news item.

Posted February 04, 2015

Late last week pro-Kremlin separatist militias -- aided and very likely led by "green men"-- defeated the last band of Ukrainian "Cyborgs" defending Donetsk's airport.

Posted January 28, 2015

For some five years, from the 2004 presidential campaign through the end of his term, indignant media headlines excoriated Republican president George W. Bush for failing to stop Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir's genocidal war in Sudan's Darfur region.

Posted January 21, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin made dangerous history in 2014. His invasion of Crimea and subsequent annexation of the peninsula shredded the diplomatic agreements stabilizing post-Cold War Eastern Europe.

Posted January 14, 2015

It is much easier to count the dead in Paris than in rural Nigeria.

Posted January 07, 2015

In February 2000, the U.N. authorized the current Congo peacekeeping operation and named it MONUCO: U.N. Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.