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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tony Shaffer in the news

In addition to the recent court ruling, the impact of which is unclear at this point, here are two news updates that mention LTC Tony Shaffer.

From the Center for Advanced Defense Studies:

CADS Senior Fellow Lectures at National Security Seminar

Carlisle, PA, February 11, 2009-- Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS), was invited to lecture for the Army War College’s National Security Seminar in Carlisle, PA. Shaffer’s lecture addressed the successes of Effects Based Operations in the Afghanistan war. In his presentation, Shaffer highlighted the critical significance of direction, scale, and the will to win as well as the more commonly cited tools, techniques, and technology in mission and campaign design as keys to success. Lt. Col. Shaffer also further articulated concerns over the “surge” in Afghanistan with regards to strategy or “end-game” standard to determine when the conditions for victory have been met. Shaffer was invited to give his presentation for an hour and a half; however his audience proved exceptionally receptive and persuaded him to continue for a full three hours.

From the Rockport Pilot in Texas:

Monday, February 23, 2009 7:03 PM CST

For more than eight years Gary and Debbie Swenchonis have mourned the loss of their son, Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., who was killed Oct. 12, 2000, along with 16 other sailors, when terrorists attacked the USS Cole in Port Aden, Yemen....

“We were told last Monday the hearing is off. It’s all politics,” said G. Swenchonis. “He (Leahy) does not want the Cole attack brought up, especially with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.”

Col. Tony Shaffer, testified before Congress after the Cole attack and asked “what happened” to Able Danger’s warning of such an attack.

“He was forced into retirement,” said Swenchonis, “like anyone else in the government who has tried to get answers.

“I feel bad for them, but at least they tried to do the right thing.”