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  • What is Iran and the Revolutionary Guard Up To?

    Newspapers all over the world have covered the clumsy attacks or preparations for attacks carried out in Thailand, Azerbaijan, India, and Georgia. In Bangkok, three Iranian nationals rented a house where explosive devices were found after one Iranian...

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  • Qassem Suleimani In Syria Helping Regime Stay in Power

    General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, is assisting the regime of Bashar Assad by helping manage the Syrian forces, according to a report by Zvi Bar'el at Haaretz.com. The presence of Suleimani in the Syrian military's...

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  • Future Combat System Discarded

    Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute recently wrote in Forbes a great piece entitled How the Army Missed Its Chance To Modernize. Among the attempts at modernization discarded was the Future Combat System mentioned in Intelligence Wars: Lessons From...

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  • John – the CIA Analyst Who Found Bin Laden

    The CIA allowed a peek behind the curtain in the hunt for America's former enemy number one in an AP story about a CIA analyst known as John (his middle name.) According to the AP, John was responsible for finding Osama bin Laden. We can also infer John...

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  • Intelligence Wars Library has been updated

    My apologies for the long delay in posting links to many of the journal articles used in The Intelligence Wars. The good news is that I have tested and updated links in the notes of the book that no longer work. Also, the Other Resources page has links...

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  • Iraq Gives the Quds Force Another Stick to Use Against It

    Iraq war veterans will remember the electricity shortages Baghdad and other cities experienced in 2004 and 2005 when insurgents were attacking pipelines and powerplants resulting in some cities only having a few hours of electricity a day. Baghdad buildings...

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  • The Intelligence Officer’s Lament

    While catching up on my fiction reading, I came across this observation by an experienced but cautious CIA headquarters man in Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius. Stone, a veteran of the CIA that was not burdened with senseless rules in the days immediately...

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  • Sorry for the absence

    I try not to make the posts about me, but wanted to explain. I've been working on a project that has kept me away from posting. I'll be picking it back up. Steve O'Hern

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  • Iran’s Involvement in Gaza Gets Noticed

    As Israel's incursion into Gaza continues, Iran's connection to events in Gaza is being noticed by various media outlets. The best I've seen is Reuel Marc Gerecht writing in today's Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gerecht, a former CIA officer concisely summarizes...

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  • After Syria Raid, IRGC Says Don’t Try Raiding Iran

    Acting IRGC commander Mohammad Hejazi has told reporters that Iran is able to defend its borders. Brig. Gen Hejazi said, "IRGC forces have the determination and experience to guard Iran's national interests." In the same article, the IRGC Navy commander...

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Books

In Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a thoroughly researched investigation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Steven O'Hern reveals new information about Hezbollah and IRGC operations inside...

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The Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad, a book that is a critical review of U.S. intelligence operations in Iraq, explains why human intelligence must be better managed to fight future enemies.

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