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Promoting ‘‘Peace through Strength’’® In This Issue: Page 2: President’s Message Page 2: Our War On Terror Page 3: Top US Terrorist Threats Page 4: Chairman’s Message from AUSA Page 5: ASCF Announces SMA Tilley as Board Member

Page 6: Our 9/11 Legacy Page 8: Thoughts and Concerns from 9/11 Page 9: Iran Assassination Plot Page 11: “Hats off to Heroes”

Volume 1II, Issue I1I

From the President’s Desk Dr. Henry A. Fischer The American Security Council Foundation needs your support to sustain our efforts to keep America the strongest nation in the world militarily, economically and morally. We continue to use our Peace through Strength® initiatives in support of our missions. Our program on Energy Independence is helping the United States create jobs. We have the world’s largest supply of readily available natural gas and oil sands that each can last over 100 years. By developing these natural resources properly we will create a safer environment with the aid of our scientific community. After 4 years of our hard work and negotiations the Colombian, Korean and the Panamanian Free Trade Agreements passed in October 2011. These Global Treaties will help create many jobs. The ASCF Taskforce on Space Exploration will help stimulate both high tech and operational job opportunities with the advancement of the Human Space Flight Program. Through your continued investments in the ASCF our goals can be achieved.

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Our War on Terror with the Haqqani Network Top Terrorists Threats to the United States and Her Allies On 9/11/2011 the United States solemnly remembered the 10th anniver sary of the hijackings and attacks of 2001. Please see our list of the worst terrorists that are known killers of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. This threat and these individuals need to be eliminated immedi ately. Sirajuddin Haqqani and father Jalaluddin Haqqani

Sirajuddin Haqqani

The Haqqani Network led by Jalaluddin and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani have wreaked terror throughout the world since the 1970s. The Haqqanis are currently known to attack American Military forces in Afghanistan and escape to state sponsored shelters in Pakistan. They are responsible for a large number of military and civilian deaths and casualties throughout the region. Their use of Iranian supplied IEDs and other weapons continue to disrupt our fight for diplo macy in the region. Please see below and on page 3 additional photos of known terrorists and their acts of violence.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Mullah Mohammed Omar

Since the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Zawahiri has been elevated to lead Al-Qaeda. He continues to elude capture and is possibly hiding in either Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Omar sheltered bin Laden as he helped plan the September 11 attacks. Omar continues to lead the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. He lost an eye fighting the soviets in Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

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Top Terrorist Threats to the United States Continued From Page One

Hakimullah Mehsud

Adam Gadahn

Adnan Shukrijumah

Jamal al-Badawi

The head of the Pakistani Taliban is wanted by the U.S. for his part in the 2009 attack on a CIA outpost in Afghanistan that killed 7 Americans.

An American Citizen and top AlQaeda propangandist is wanted by the FBI for treason

Wanted by the FBI for his role in the thwarted 2009 plot to attack the New York City Subway system.

Wanted by the FBI for his role in the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen in 2000 which killed 17 American sailors.

America’s Response to Terrorism

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Message from ASCF Chairman Donald B. Smith Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Donald B. Smith

In October I was privileged again this year to represent the American Security Council Foundation at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the United States Army. This year’s AUSA was the biggest and best one yet. Anyone coming to the Exposition at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center could not leave without being amazed at how large this annual gathering has become over the last quarter century. The annual meeting consists of professional development seminars and forums with top Army and Defense leaders, who made time in their busy schedules for briefings and to answer the most difficult questions on our current and future defense posture. But most people are impressed by the awesome display of military technology, hardware, research and de velopment, and training and logistics concepts.

At one point during the conference I stood on an upper floor with ASCF Director Mark Renehan and Director of Operations Gary James and remarked that what we were looking at was a very positive manifestation of what former President Dwight Eisenhower called the Military Industrial Complex. This magnificent exhibit of military equipment clearly demonstrated that the American free enterprise system will always ensure that the U.S. soldier will always be the best equipped in the world. What really was on display was the great American ingenuity and talent that throughout history has given our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines the technological edge on every battlefield. SMA Jack Tilley and CEO of USO

Metro DC Elaine Rogers As dusk fell I was standing outside the Convention Center, and the last rays of sunlight fell on a large banner hanging from the roof which stated “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation”. This is the message we need to take away from every AUSA meeting. Our freedom isn’t free – it is bought and paid for by American soldiers who loved this country so much they were willing to Mr. Gary James and Olympic Athlete march to the sound of the guns. It was bought and paid for by the unbroCourtney Zablocki (Luge) ken line of patriots who were willing to answer freedom’s call and, when necessary, to lay their lives on the line to preserve our freedom. Each generation of Americans must rededicate themselves to the American Security Council’s motto of “Peace Through Strength®” – economic strength, diplomatic strength, military strength and moral leadership. Continued on the next page

Congressional Advisory Board:

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Michael Burgess (R-TX) Dan Burton (R-IN) Eric Cantor (R-VA) Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) Tom Latham (R-IA) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Connie Mack (R-FL) Donald Manzullo (R-IL) Howard ‘‘Buck’’ McKeon (R-CA) Joseph Pitts (R-PA) Bill Posey (R-FL) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) Fred Upton (R-MI) Board of Directors: Brig. General Donald B. Smith USA (Ret.) Chairman & Treasurer Dr. Henry A. Fischer President & CEO General Frederick J. Kroesen USA (Ret.) 1st Vice President Ms. Elly Manov P.E., P.P. Assistant Treasurer Mr. H. Daniels Corrigan Secretary Ms. Betsy Fischer Director Mr. Robert D. Johnson Director Honorable Bill McCollum Director Honorable David C. Nolte Director Governor George Pataki Director Mr. Mark Renehan Director SMA Jack L. Tilley USA (Ret.) Director Chairman Emeritus: RADM Robert H. Spiro, Jr. USNR (Ret.) Senior Advisory Board: Mr. Xavier Piedra

CONTACT INFO: Mail: ASCF 1250 24th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20037 Phone: (202) 263-3661 Fax: (202) 361-3662 Website: Email:

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ASCF Welcomes SMA Jack L. Tilley As New Board Member The American Security Council Foundation recently announced that the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley has become a member of the Board of Directors. A native of Vancouver, Washington, Jack was sworn in as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army on June 23, 2000 and served until January 15, 2004. As Sergeant Major of the Army, Tilley served as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal advisor on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. A Vietnam War veteran, Jack has held a variety of important leadership positions throughout his 34 year career including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major. Several of his numerous awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals. After retirement, Jack has continued his advocacy for all service members. He is cochairman of the American Freedom Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation organized to honor veterans of America’s armed forces and raise money and awareness for various veterans’ organizations. He has worked tirelessly with the organization managing the annual successful fund-raising benefit concerts with top named entertainment. Jack is also a successful management consultant, working with top Fortune 500 companies on a variety of projects and programs that are unique to the military community. He is President/CEO of Jack Tilley Inc., and is part-owner of Oakgrove Technologies. Continued from page 4

If the United States of America is to continue to be the beacon of peace, hope and justice throughout the entire world, we must continue to have the best equipped, best trained and best led military in the entire world. I pray that through pursuing a strategy of “Peace Through Strength®” America will be so powerful that we will be able to protect our most precious resource, our sons Mr. Renehan, Gen. Hernendez and Gen. Smith and daughters, and secure for them and future generations the peace and prosperity that is their common American heritage.

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Our 9/11 Legacy

By Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen

The tenth anniversary of the attack that is known simply as 9/11 is a time to reflect on lessons that provide guidance for the present and future requirements for the security of our nation. It is appropriate because we are once again beset by demands that the defense budget be slashed alarmingly and the strength and structure of the armed forces be reduced to levels that have proved inadequate in the past. The 9/11 attacks—superbly planned and executed—are perhaps the most convincing evidence that we are subject to continuous efforts to bring about change in our status as the world’s most powerful nation. That we have used our power almost exclusively for the benefit of mankind—ours certainly, but also of our friends and even former enemies—has had little effect on those who would conquer the world to establish some political or religious hegemony promising a modern Valhalla, nirvana, lost horizon or heaven on earth. “Peace through strength” was a policy adopted formally by the Reagan administration’s national security strategy and was endorsed during the 104th Congress by the House of Representatives Resolution #100 in 1995. The trademark of the American Security Council Foundation, it is highlighted in their platform as an expression of the determination to continue to live by this policy and also serves as a three-word identification of our government’s mission to “provide for the common defence … and secure the Blessings of Liberty.” We cannot promise or guarantee peace in the world, but we can maintain the strength that allows us to continue to contribute to the stability and the freedom to choose their own future among the world’s nations. A definition of what comprises our strength is a basic requirement. It includes political, economic and cultural elements along with the military and a commitment of the people and the government to subscribe to the total effort. The political and cultural contributions require pronouncements, expressions of determination and public support for a commitment to provide the necessary resources. The economic and military elements, however, require not only demonstrable capabilities but also the identification of the financial, industrial and manpower resources required. In that regard, the military services depend upon the President to establish and express mission requirements and Congress to authorize and fund the needs for fulfilling the task. It is the determination of what structure is necessary that leads each service to identify and substantiate its recommendations and the budgetary implications involved. The armed services today are worn and tattered from years of stress, over-commitment and a growing obsolescence, none more so than the Army. Given today’s threat environment and proposals voiced about reducing manpower and dollars, it is appropriate to ask the President, Congress and the people to consider: Continued on next page

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Worldwide threats are not abating. Terrorism continues to spread and to develop new means of creating havoc. China continues to develop new weapons and a challenging military posture, even expressing threats concerning our naval presence in the western Pacific. Nuclear proliferation continues, notably in Iran and North Korea, which is sure to induce more nations to join the club. A totalitarian empire of socialist, anti-American nations is forming in Latin America, not hesitant about announcing determination to be militarily significant. The direction and intent of the Russian government remain enigmas, but its antipathy to the United States and NATO is freely expressed, and its nuclear weaponry requires a credible counter. Dominance in space and cyberspace is a serious challenge. The cost of two wars has been debilitating. It has curtailed the research and development programs and the acquisition of a satisfactory flow of materiel needed to replace that lost in combat. The space program has withered, antimissile defense is protracted, aircraft purchases curtailed and ship-building drastically reduced. In other words, modernization has stalled. Regenerating it is a necessity that, if postponed further, only ensures that our technical dominance of the battlefield will erode. The Army in particular has suffered exceptional stress. Too small for its mission load for the past 20 years, it has burdened soldiers with too many combat tours in too short a time, rotating them at a pace that has resulted in an attrition of experience that cannot be sustained without detrimental effect to our operating capabilities. Further, it has affected the families of soldiers as casualties, suicides, divorces and unaccepted separations have resulted in a serious drain of morale. The Army should not be reduced in size until and unless its missions are also reduced. The Army education system has been degraded. Designed to prepare officers and noncommissioned officers for higher levels of leadership, education has given way to training for the immediate operating needs. Courses of instruction have been shortened, and faculty assignments—a valuable education period—have been reduced as contract instructors have been hired. The restoration of the time, attention and resources to this system is a highpriority need. The arbitrary reduction of hundreds of billions of dollars without regard to the National Security Strategy and the essential military missions of today and the foreseeable future is a portent of requirements to do more with less. Adopting that policy has never served us well in the past and has always cost us more in the long run. Let’s all ask the President and Congress not to take that path again. Reprinted with permission from ARMY Magazine, Vol.61 #9, copyright [copyright symbol] 2011, the Association of the United States Army.

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Thoughts and Concerns - September 11, 2011

By SMA Jack L Tilley

Ten years ago our nation was struck by an attack so inhuman that our enemies thought the shock would overwhelm any desire to retaliate. Instead they began a war that will only end when we have captured or killed those responsible for spreading terror around the globe. The memories of that day will remain with me and countless others for a lifetime. Ironically, while sorrow and pain for our losses still lingers, it's the moments and days before Sept. 11, 2001, that bring me comfort. Just three days before the attack I was hosting the annual SMA barbecue at my quarters. My close friends and co-workers were all there sharing a special afternoon of fellowship and fun. The Army Band's music was outstanding as usual. I remember encouraging the Army staff sergeants major to sing along. I remember SGM Ivory and SGM Strickland. I tried to get SGM Strickland to sing. He didn't. He assured all of us that it was for the best. It was a great day. One that seemed quite unremarkable until that Tuesday morning. On Monday morning I came in as usual. We had a number of regular office calls. I talked about PLDC, Housing, personnel issues and my upcoming trips. That evening I attended a social in Crystal City, another normal day things that seemed routine until that next morning. I remember viewing the television as the initial plane hit the first tower and then the second. I told the folks in the office that it had to be a terrorist strike and don't think it couldn't happen at the Pentagon. I departed shortly thereafter for a couple of guest speaking engagements at the JAG officer conference at Ft. Myer and the BOSS conference at Leesburg, VA. Upon my departure from Ft. Myer enroute to Leesburg, VA, smoke was bellowing from the Pentagon, which I headed back towards. As we came down the hill from Fort Myer, the smoke rose and as we drew closer, it was evident that my off-handed remark had become a reality. Our military rose to the occasion that day. There were heroes everywhere. Men and women, civilians and soldiers, performed brave acts and saved countless lives. When the smoke and ash cleared we were left wondering why. We also were given a hard look at how precious life really is. We are all family. We live, love and die together. I have seen death all my life, but what I saw in the Pentagon and at Ground Zero a few days later still haunt me.

The Pentagon under attack on 09/11/01

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It has not been an easy road traveled since that day. We have lost more of our comrades. Hundreds more have lost limbs, eyesight, and seen war up close and personal. You and I did not ask for this war, but we will win it. The terrorists are on the run and we will find them. They will surrender or die. It is our responsibility to protect this country's freedom. We will ensure our families are able to enjoy life and not live in fear. That's what we are really fighting for --- our loved ones. Those same people who hold our family together when we deploy, kiss us goodbye and anxiously await our return. Without my wife, I could not get through the day. Since 9/11, I let her know that every time I leave. That was one of the most valuable lessons I learned from the attack. I will let my family know how much I love and need them. I will also never forget that day. I will never allow myself to forget those who died and those loved ones left behind. I know most of you will not either. So thank you for all you do and will do. No matter what your role you are critical to our global success. HOOAH! Pentagon after 09/11/01 terrorist attack

Iran Assassination Plot Dr. James Robbins

Revelations of Iran’s reported plan to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks on U.S. soil have some talking about a case for war with Iran. But the United States has had that case for decades.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States

Relations with Iran have come a long way since Mr. Obama said early in his administration that the United States was willing to extend the hand of friendship if Iran would unclench its fist. In those heady days, visions of a “grand bargain” with Iran for regional peace danced in the heads and talking points of administration foreign policy advisors.

But Mr. Obama quickly learned it took more than a speech and a smile to change geopolitical reality. The rejection of his friendship overture taught him that bad relations with Iran were not, as he supposed, simply because George W. Bush somehow angered Tehran. Continued on the next page

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The brutal crackdown on Iranian protestors in the summer of 2009 showed that the Islamic regime was illegitimate. And Tehran’s continuing drive for nuclear weapons showed that the mullahs refused to buy into Mr. Obama’s proposed “global zero” disarmament goal.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President of Iran

Iran poses a difficult strategic challenge for the United States, Europe and the Mideast. The country is centrally located in the Middle East and has the third largest estimated petroleum reserves in the world. It is ruled by a revolutionary Islamic authoritarian regime bent on achieving regional dominance and extending its influence globally. Iran is actively seeking nuclear weapons and developing long range delivery systems which will destabilize the region and send Tehran’s neighbors headlong into a desperate arms race. Iran is also the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, a central concern in the current crisis.

The U.S. has had a casus belli against Iran for some time. The Islamic Republic has indirectly and directly been responsible for American service deaths than any country since the end of the Vietnam War. For example in January 2007 Iran helped plan and execute an attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, Iraq, in which five Americans were killed and three wounded. The attackers, trained by the Qods force, infiltrated the center dressed as American and Iraqi troops. Four of the five Americans killed were dragged from the site in handcuffs and murdered elsewhere in cold blood. Tehran actively supplies arms, training and support for insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the most deadly “improvised explosive devices” or IEDs are actually precision-made in Iran to be used against Coalition forces. The Obama administration has been ramping up the pressure on Tehran since last summer. In July Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denounced Iran’s support for insurgents, saying “We cannot sit back and simply allow this to continue to happen. This is not something we’re going to walk away from. It’s something we’re going to take on head-on.” Then- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said, “Iran is very directly supporting extremist Shiite groups, which are killing our troops. There is no question they are shipping high-tech weapons in there … that are killing our people. And the forensics prove that.” Later that month the administration implemented a series of sanctions against Iranians giving active support to al Qaeda. Recently the U.S. has pushed for the International Atomic Energy Agency to release classified information that would presumably substantiate charges that Iran’s purportedly peaceful nuclear program is actually developing atomic weapons. The assassination plot Tehran is accused of may have been a response to these more resolute policies coming from Washington. But whatever the cause, it was clearly a mistake. It is unfortunate that killing American troops overseas generates less of a response than a failed plot to kill a Saudi diplomat inside the U.S., but if that’s what it takes to motivate action, so be it. Dr. James S. Robbins is the Author of ‘‘ This Time We Win’’ Revisiting the Tet Offensive

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“Hats off to Heroes” On August 16th, 2011, Command Sergeant Major Roger Daigle from Pomfret, CT was honored at Fenway Park by the Boston Red Sox. CSM Daigle and his family were welcomed to Fenway Park as part of the Hats off to Heroes program. The event was set in motion by ASCF Director and Boston native Mr. Mark Renehan. Mr. Renehan purchased the tickets and coordinated the event with the help of CSM Daigle’s soldiers located at F.O.B Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. After an 18th month tour as Command Sergeant Major of the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, CSM Daigle returned to Fort Bragg, NC for some much needed rest. As a lifelong Red Sox fan who had never been to Fenway Park, CSM Daigle troops thought it would be a great surprise for their leader. A great night was had by all, despite a tough Red Sox loss!

Mr. Mark Renehan, Sergeant Major Daigle Senior and Junior

Sergeant Major Roger Daigle Acknowledges Red Sox fans

ASCF Director Mr. Renehan and Sergeant Major Daigle

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