What’s New, Recent”

Last update: September 10, 2019 (click link, above)

My apologies for extended period of inactivity. My intent is to re-engage and  work on a book that tells the story of the Battle of 9/11.

I am encouraged by the recent publication of Fall and Rise The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff. More on that at the What’s New Recent page, link above.

I have also updated the series of articles on the Trump Revolution.

9-11, Six Presidential-Level Lessons learned

Here is a 9-11 REPORT CARD

Welcome to a substantial revision of purpose and direction for my work. Given the political events of 2016, here is what to expect, going forward.

Political revolutionary warfare has been integrated as a topic of interest. That will be the primary focus through the republican and democratic national conventions. For starters I have published a continuing series of articles that describe the Trump revolution. The published articles should be read in this order: first, second, third.

I added a fourth article on June 16, 2016, to correct the original assessment. Trump is not a revolutionary. Whatever he is, he is not following the path to a successful revolution. The fourth article puts that reassessment in perspective.

A fifth article was added on July 18, 2016, on the eve of the conventions.

The underlying theory was developed nearly a half-century ago and has stood the test of time. Enjoy the articles and anticipate updates at critical moments.

At some point, probably post conventions, before the debates start, I will publish a list of six Presidential-level lessons learned from the events of September 11, 2001. As a preview, managing transition is top of the list. Measured in 9/11 time, the clock on a new, undetected threat began four months ago. That attack struck at a weak moment, the transition from both an old to new administration and from one political party to another. Those lessons learned link back to my original purpose, to provide fact-based insight into the events of 9/11.

I concluded the major portion of my 9/11 work with a series of three articles. There are loose ends here and there in articles long past, but that is work left on the margin. Interested readers should read the posts in this order:

The Battle of 9-11: An Act of War; the Principles of War, considered

9-11: The Attack; A Military Operation, examined

9-11: The Attack; Chaos Theory, considered

First time and occasional visitors seeking additional insight about me and my purpose will benefit from the following road map.

A good place to begin is to read “About Me” and “Joining the Commission Staff.”

If your time is limited try this shortcut.  Go to “What’s New, Recent,” and, if interested, the What’s New archives for past years. There you will find thumbnail synopses and links to articles as I posted them, chronologically.

For a focused look at the air defense story go to my article about NORAD, “The Crux of the Matter.” That article pulls together much of my air defense research in a single article, with links to other relevant articles.

The “Scott Trilogy” is essential reading to gain an understanding of the state of public knowledge about the events of 9-11 prior to the Commission’s work and subsequent report.

A good first article, thereafter, is “The Ghosts of 9-11, the transponder story” to gain an understanding of the attack against the national airspace system.

I have written several in-depth articles concerning the attack, each providing a different perspective.   The first article describes the attack and response as a battle in a larger war on terror.  The second article describes the attack in terms of the testimony” of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at the Zacarias Moussaoui trial.

Thereafter, I suggest a perusal of the “Chaos Theory” category to gain an understanding of why and how I use the lens of Chaos Theory to help understand the events on the morning of 9-11.  Specifically, look at my preliminary articles: “Chaos Theory: 9-11, thinking out loud, and “Chaos Theory and 9-11, some preliminary thoughts.”

Then, read the third in-depth article on the attack and the response, “9-11: Chaos and Ghosts; little understood at the time, poorly understood even today.”

After that, read and listen to the fourth and latest in-depth review of the attack and response. This is a five-part story of 9/11 in the voice of the key individual directing the air defense effort, Major Kevin Nasypany, the on-duty Mission Crew Commander.  This unique perspective provides you a front row seat as the battle unfolded that day at the Northeast Air Defense Sector.

Finally, take a look at the “Framework for Analysis.”  I provide a neutral framework that anyone can use to present and analyze a body of information concerning 9-11, pre-event, event, and post-event.  I establish that the event was a terrorist attack.  Anyone with a different thesis is welcome to use the framework.