The Morning Edge 02/04/13
Guest: Lt Col Tony Shaffer is with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies which focuses on understanding the drivers of global conflict and instability http://www.c4ads.org/. He is a highly experienced intelligence officer, and recipient of the Bronze Star, with 25 years of field experience. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 2011 after serving more than three decades in the National Guard and Reserve. During the 1980s, he was a counterintelligence officer and transitioned into Foreign Intelligence brought to active duty for the first Gulf War. In 1995, Tony transitioned to Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), as part of the consolidation of all Service (Army, Navy, Air Force, USMC) controlled HUMINT into the Department of Defense. He created Task Force STRATUS IVY that conducted the full spectrum of support to Department of Defense, Special Operations Command and other non-DoD agencies. This included support to the controversial counterterrorism project known as ABLE DANGER – pre-9/11 offensive operation suite designed to detect, degrade and counter Al Qaeda capabilities. In 2001, just after the 9/11 attacks, he was returned to active duty during which he had two undercover combat tours to Afghanistan participating in the search for senior Al Qaeda leadership. His book Operation Dark Heart provides an unprecedented look at intelligence operations during this period and mistakes that were made. The Defense Department bought and destroyed the first printing of the book, 9500 copies, in order to prevent some disclosures from becoming public.
He discusses whether or not Chuck Hagel is the Secretary of Defense that America needs now to keep us safe and restore our international relationships, how his hearing played out and the forces at work to block his confirmation.
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