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Howard Altman Columns

Former CIA officer would bring interesting perspective to Congress

If elected as the U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, Charles “Sam” Faddis will bring a very interesting and unique perspective to the legislature.
Published: 03/22/15

The complex draw of the Islamic State

Last fall, a team of researchers visited the MacDill Air Force Base headquarters of Special Operations Command Central, the command lead by Army Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, to answer an important question about the popularity of the Islamic State.
Published: 03/15/15
Updated: 03/16/15

In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy isn’t so simple

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week highlighted the dilemma of being caught in the middle of two mortal enemies on a seeming apocalyptic collision course.
Published: 03/08/15
Tampa-area delegation to attend Netanyahu speech

Tampa-area delegation to attend Netanyahu speech

Most members of the region's congressional delegation say they will attend Benjamin Netanyahu's speech today. The Israeli prime minister's appearance has created tension with President Barack Obama and played into political schisms between the left and the right.
Published: 03/02/15
Updated: 03/03/15

Terrorism trial highlights link between Iran and Sunni jihadi groups

For the folks who worked the intelligence directorate at U.S. Central Command, recent revelations about cooperation between Iran and Sunni jihadi groups - via data collected on the Osama bin Laden raid and presented at an ongoing terrorism trial - ar...
Published: 03/01/15
St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

The “wanted” poster graphic, complete with images of bullet holes, is going.
Updated: 1 months ago

Pentagon may have reasons for tipping off the enemy

Last week's background briefing by an unnamed U.S. Central Command source to Pentagon reporters laying out the timeframe for an attack on Islamic State forces occupying the Iraqi city of Mosul has many intoning outrage that the U.S. is tipping off th...
Updated: 1 months ago

Obama digs into Special Ops playbook for Islamic State proposal

With much sniping already from both sides of the aisle, President Barack Obama’s war powers request to deal with Islamic State, its allies and its future offshoots wherever they are may never pass through Congress.
Updated: 1 months ago
Brian Williams’ misremembrance hits home for war journalist

Brian Williams’ misremembrance hits home for war journalist

Lots of people are angry at NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who has temporarily taken himself off the air after misremembering being on a helicopter that was hit by a rocket propelled grenade in Iraq in 2003. ...
Updated: 1 months ago

MacDill could actually gain from military cutbacks

To U.S. Rep. David Jolly, BRAC is not a four-letter word.
Updated: 1 months ago