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Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

Howard Altman Columns

Historian tracks MacDill history to its roots

Growing up in Indiana, Denny Cole’s grandfather used to show him an album of pictures from back in the 1920s, when he was a member of the 6th Composite Group, a post-World War I military flying unit.
Published: 04/19/15

Plenty of reasons to care about what’s happening in Yemen

Though the country of Yemen is a little under 8,000 miles to the east of Tampa, there are plenty of reasons for folks here to care about what’s going on over there.
Published: 04/12/15

U.S. Rep. Buchanan pushes legislation for veterans ID card

Because the Department of Veterans Affairs only issues ID cards to those who served at least 20 years or receive medical care for service-connected injuries, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has introduced legislation that would enable all veterans to ...
Published: 04/09/15
Smuggling nuke into U.S. remains challenging — for now

Smuggling nuke into U.S. remains challenging — for now

A Hezbollah operative who bribed a nuclear power plant employee in Argentina to steal plutonium conspires with a rogue Mexican cartel jefe to smuggle the materials into the U.S. to be used to blow up MacDill Air Force Base....
Published: 04/05/15
Updated: 04/06/15

Socom tracking money that funds violent extremists

The issue of how violent extremist organizations get their money can’t get enough attention. Especially with the growing nexus between groups like the Iranian-backed Hizballah and drug trafficking organizations, who operate in the same shadowy...
Published: 03/29/15

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.
Updated: 1 months ago

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.
Updated: 1 months ago

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.
Updated: 1 months ago
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.
Updated: 1 months ago

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 tri...
Updated: 1 months ago