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Many Facets Contributed to the Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan

NPR’s A Martínez talks with former U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel about the military failures that led to the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s blitz offensive…

NYT Taliban Sweep In Afghanistan Follows Years Of US Miscalculations

Taliban Sweep in Afghanistan Follows Years of US Miscalculations

President Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned offensive by the Taliban that now threatens…

TheGuardian US Deserves Big Share Blame In Afghanistan Military Disaster

US Deserves Big Share of Blame for Afghanistan Military Disaster

As one provincial capital after another has fallen to the Taliban, the message from Washington to the Afghans facing the onslaught has been that their survival is in their own…

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Plans, Like for Disaster Response, are Great Only if You Can Carry Them Out

Winning coaches has a game plan, then work like the devil to make sure players can execute that plan. The federal government has a plan for disaster response but sort…

WarRoomPodcast National Emergency Response The BENS Report

The War Room Podcast: BENS Report on National Emergency Response

Emergency response in the United States typically relies on one saving tenet of operations — a safe haven to prepare and stage and launch from. Natural disasters tend to be…

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Executive Spotlight: Mark Gerencser, Gen. Joseph Votel of BENS Discuss National Security Crisis Resulting from COVID-19

Mark Gerencser, chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, and Gen. Joseph Votel, president and chief executive officer of BENS, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz…

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How Can the US Prepare Better When Things Go Wrong?

Events over the last couple of decades have shown that the federal government isn’t all that great at responding to crises. No one connected the dots leading to 9/11. Hurricane…

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General Joseph Votel on US Military Challenges in the Middle East

MEI Distinguished Senior Fellow Joseph Votel, a retired four-star general in the Army and former commander of U.S. Central Command, joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss the challenges facing American…