Articles by: Ty Cobb

Dr. Cobb was a professor at West Point and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army in the years just prior to the Reagan Administration. He consulted with the National Security Council during the latter half of the Carter administration and the early Reagan administration on international energy issues. At the start of the Reagan administration, Dr. Cobb was on an exchange in the Soviet Union. After the change in National Security Advisor to William Clark and Deputy Robert “Bud” McFarlane, Cobb was asked to submit strategy papers regarding the long-range strategic position of the United States vis-a-vis the Soviet Union. As a result of these papers he was asked to join the NSC staff as a member of the European and Soviet Affairs Directorate to work on European issues and Canada, and to provide some input on long-range strategic Soviet policy. He took Dennis Blair’s slot within this directorate. Cobb worked very closely with Peter Sommer and they divided responsibility for 34 countries among themselves. Cobb was responsible for France, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria, the Vatican, etc. As part of his Soviet responsibilities, Cobb attended the Geneva and the Reykjavik summits. In 1988, Cobb took Robert Dean’s place as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the International Programs and Technology Affairs Directorate, with responsibility for science & technology agreements, export policy, United Nations issues, and the environment. He became President and CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in 1991, then left to become President/CEO of the Yosemite National Institutes (1995-2002). He returned to his home town of Reno, NV, where he heads up the Northern Nevada Network as well as the National Security Forum. Dr. Cobb received a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from the University of Nevada. He is married to Suellen Small of Reno, NV. They have three children.

on September 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Afghanistan and the Future of the “Good War”

Should the U.S. & NATO accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan or “stay the course?”

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on June 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Obama: Peacemaker to Warrior?

From Obama the peacemaker and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to fearsome warrior ruthlessly killing terrorists

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on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 am

Revamping the Military Retirement System and Raising Veterans Health Care Fees: Breaking the Faith or Fiscal Imperative?

Those who served our country should be full participants in the imperative to reign in the nation’s growing debt and annual deficits. They should not be singled out nor left to bear this burden alone.

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on March 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Cyber Warfare: Where the 21st Century Conflicts Will be Fought

This is the next war, folks, and it could be over in a matter of seconds, with no blood spilled or troops even mobilized. Beijing knows that—do we?

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on February 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

An Israeli Attack on Iran

Speculation is rife that, with or without United States support, Israel will attack Iranian nuclear facilities, possibly soon.

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on January 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

The Defense Strategic Guidance: What’s New? What is the Focus? Is it Realistic?

President Obama went to the Pentagon to announce the Defense Department’s new “Strategic Guidance,” the document that will serve as the template for weapons acquisition, force sizing, military strategy, budgeting, and geographic focus for the future.

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on December 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

Marxist-Leninist doctrine predicted that capitalism would collapse on the “ash heap of history” as global communism triumphed as an economic system. Instead, 20 years ago last Sunday it was the vanguard of the international communist movement, the Soviet Union, which disintegrated.

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on December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Global Roundup

Ty Cobb analyzes recent events affecting our national security.

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on December 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

Iran Shoots Down U.S. Drone Amid Evidence of Growing Western Covert Programs

Iranian armed forces claim they shot down an unmanned U.S. drone spy plane over its eastern border region.

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on November 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Good-Bye Counter-Insurgency; Hello Air-Sea Battle

The U.S. is running as fast as it can from the defining strategy and focus of the last decade—fighting counter-insurgencies and engaging in nation-building. The new leitmotif the Defense Department is embracing is the “Air-Sea Battle.”

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