NY SUN: (Sharansky pictured above in prisoner exchange in Berlin) http://www.nysun.com/foreign/natan-sharanksky-talks-of-ted-kennedy-and-free/89432/
Natan Sharansky writes: If we remember one lesson on the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Group, then, let it be this: We should not be led into complacency by agreements that promise peace with dictatorships without demanding internal change. If we don’t continue standing up for dissidents and for the shared values they represent, we will soon find ourselves as much at the mercy of their oppressors as they are. - Tablet
Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/national-security-agency-plans-major-reorganization/2016/02/02/2a66555e-c960-11e5-a7b2-5a2f824b02c9_story.html
Rachel Hoff writes: The National Security Council (NSC) has grown too large and assumed a role beyond its original purpose while the role of the Principals Committee (PC) has been diminished. The incoming Trump Administration should shrink the size of the NSC staff and refocus the organization on its key function of interagency coordinating and long-term strategic advising rather than micromanaging national security policy implementation. – American Action Forum
George F. Will writes: What the former assistant secretary of the Navy said is descriptive of the entire military. Each service’s culture, and interservice rivalries, and bureaucratic viscosity are resistant to reform. Which is why the next secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, has the most difficult management challenge in American government. – Washington Post
Area 45: H.R. McMaster - "A Warrior Thinker", Pt. 2
interview with H. R. McMaster via Area 45
McMaster discusses why he joined the Trump White House and how he oversaw the National Security Council.