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xvii Acknowledgments The Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies has contributed richly to this work. Special thanks are owed to my students who have been exposed to various versions of the text. Many are young congressional staffers working long hours for modest pay. Many come from the executive branch departments of State, Defense, and Justice. Some come from across the Intelligence Community. A few are journalists . All somehow find the time and energy for graduate study to improve their ability to serve the nation. All have taught me something about the workings, good and bad, of our government. The Project on National Security Reform provided a valuable opportunity . The many meetings brought together working practitioners who experienced firsthand the difficulties of implementing U.S. policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and in Washington. My thanks to Jim Locher, president and ceo of the Project, and to all those who came together to solve problems. In the midst of hyperpartisanship, the Congressional Research Service somehow continues to do quality research and analysis. My respect to Louis Fisher and his associates for their work on presidential war power and to Richard Best for his work on the National Security Council. Special appreciation is owed to the ibm Center for the Business of Government for its generous grant that produced the material on the National Security Council. I also want to acknowledge a handful of currently serving national security professionals who offered encouragement late in the process when a morale boost was needed. From the Mission Command Battle Lab at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, are Richard Pedersen and Thomas Bryant; xviii Acknowledgments from the Joint Special Operations University at Tampa, Florida, William Knarr; John Hanley from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence ; and from the National Defense University in Washington dc, Michael Mazarr, professor at the National War College, and Frank Hoffman , director of ndu Press. ...


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