LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer

LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer
LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer is the author of Operation Dark Heart. He is a Bronze Star Medal recipient and a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve. He is a CIA-trained senior intelligence operations officer with more than twenty-two years of experience in the intelligence community. Currently, he is a Fellow and Special Lecturer at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C. Additional information about Lt. Col. Shaffer and his work is available on his Web site.
Interviews
LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer
By: CommandPosts | October 16, 2010
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"There was confirmation of terabytes of data being destroyed relating to the ABLE DANGER project. So with that as an assumed fact, that data was destroyed, how could anyone have a conclusion with such certainty that 'ABLE DANGER did not identify Mohammed Atta'?" [More...]
Focus On: 9/11
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Operation Dark Heart
By: LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer | October 12, 2010
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There isn't a straightjacket that will fit the First Amendment, but that hasn't stopped some from trying to bind the truth. There is a need for the public to be informed—for both oversight and accountability of the government’s actions. How this information is shared is up for debate. [More...]
Focus On: Intel
Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan—and the Path to Victory
By: LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer | October 6, 2010
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It's damned hard to sleep with your head propped up on the butt end of an M-4. After your body is soaked by months of exhaustion, however, sleep comes fast—even when you’re aboard an MH-47 Chinook chopper, subfreezing wind blowing through, as it thumps through the thin air of the Afghan mountains headed for trouble. First stop: a rendezvous with my team of operators in the field, who were going to be thoroughly pissed off with the orders I was bringing them for our new mission. Second stop: An assault with the U.S. Rangers on a northern Afghan village that the CIA claimed housed senior al Qaeda leadership. I was jostled awake when the 47’s momentum shifted as it turned right to follow the valley. Out of the right-side gunner position, I caught a glimpse of a tall, rugged, gray mountain towering over the aircraft, silhouetted by the mid-November full moon. [More...]
The Lists
LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer
By: LT. COL. Anthony Shaffer | October 6, 2010
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These are fifteen things (books, films, and TV series) that have impacted me and my philosophy of life. Some of you may be surprised—perhaps not—but it is a fairly eclectic list. [More...]
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