A Blueprint for Preventing School Shootings

Attached is yet another excellent article by STRATFOR’s  vice president of tactical analysis, Scott Stewart. In the bullets of the Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) segment the author makes an interesting point that I have heard more than once over the last several months: “Despite widespread agreement that it’s important to stop school attacks, nobody currently owns the problem.”

I recommend this article to you for the many excellent points he makes. Perhaps there should be an organization at the federal level that is responsible for mass shootings, particularly those in our schools. It clearly is a very complex and emotion laden subject and while I have many questions, I can offer few solutions. But, prevention of school shootings seem to be gathering momentum that hopefully will push our politicians in Washington to take some concrete steps to mitigate the problem. I applaud the efforts by the students of Parkland, Florida who were the targets of the shooting in their attempts to push for change. They make compelling advocates and I wish them well.

A Blueprint for Preventing School Shootings

How will the Justice Department deter cyber attacks? To start, another task force.

I’m not sure that what we need is yet another federal government task force to deter anything. One of the major recommendations of the 9/11 commission was that we had too many intelligence agencies with too many intelligence collection/analysis centers keeping intelligence to themselves rather than sharing information across the federal government. At that point there were 15 member agencies of the US intelligence community. Apparently the federal government and Congress did not read or believe the 9/11Commission’s recommendation and in a reorganization of government they created the new Homeland Security department (combining 22 agencies) and expanded the US intelligence community from 15 to 18 agencies.

The 22 agencies that Homeland Security department took under its wing were allowed to maintain their separate budgets, cultures, leaderships and operating methodologies. In a takeover like that in the private sector an acquisition company would’ve disestablished and stood down all of the unique to each agency infrastructures and stood-up DHS as one department with one culture, unique new leadership and a unified, new operating methodology. Instead of fewer, better organized and more cooperative agencies in the USIC after the 9/11 Commission Report was published the nation now has more agencies, costing more that are arguable less efficient.

As I continue to read these articles in the Fifth Domain I am amazed that we are doing the exact same thing in the area of cyber defense. It goes beyond rational thinking that these redundancies in cyber defensive task-forces in DOD, DOJ and elsewhere in the Executive Branch are a fiscally responsible or operationally effective solution to the threats of Russian hackers meddling in our elections and the numerous other cyber bad actors targeting our private sector companies or public sector departments, bureaus and agencies. One wonders when we will stop throwing money at our technology problems/threats and work on really efficient, single agency solutions. I’d love to hear your comments on this or any other topics you’d like to address.



How will the Justice Department deter cyber attacks_ To start, another task force_