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NOTE ON SOURCES: StrategyPage makes use of a wide variety of news and information sources. Even in this age of the internet wire services remain the frontline of reporting. Reuters, AP, and UPI are key sources for breaking news. Agence France Press (AFP) does a particularly fine job covering Africa (and given France's deep involvement in west and central Africa, that focus should follow). StrategyPage also draws on several web-based sources. For example, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)does a bang up job on the Balkans. Radio Free Europe's (RFE) various web updates (which cover stories RFE broadcasts) do the same for eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The Economist definitely leads the news magazines on quality of international coverage. StrategyPage mines the "defense and military" press, Janes, Army, Parameters, Armed Forces Journal - that list goes on to include several nation-specific publications from non-NATO states. When it comes to air and missile tech, Aviation Week is still Aviation Leak. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Sunday London Times, and other major international newspapers occasionally provide good leads on military issues. The Washington Times military reporting is very useful, as is the Stars and Stripes. The Miami Herald's beat is the Caribbean and South America. The South China Morning Post is a window on China. The "information net" can draw even finer. For example, The San Antonio-Express News is a regional U.S. newspaper particularly valuable for coverage of Mexico and Central America. The proliferation of websites -from terrorist groups to NGOs to news networks- offers the analyst a wealth of information. Even when the info is contradictory it can still be a useful guide to evaluating aims and strategies of participants in conflicts. Finally, there's "our gang." Over the years we have assembled an interesting cadre of friends and acquaintances. A number of them have military or foreign service experience. Many of these people started out as wargamers- an excellent background for getting a handle on a developing crisis. These sources are quick with advice and quick with critique. They've also proven to be reliable. When they miss, they don't miss by much. And with the proliferation of internet access and cell phones, we often get reports from our gang while the bullets are still flying.
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Al Nofi was a teacher and administrator in experimental programs in the New York City public school system, until he retired in 1995, to continue his long-term avocation, as an independent scholar and game designer. The author or editor of over 30 volumes in military history, plus scores of articles, and over a dozen wargames. A former assistant editor of Strategy & Tactics magazine, he was also an associate editor of the 40-volume series War and Society in East Central Europe, 1740-1920, from Atlantic Research/Columbia University Press, and is currently an editor of the series Great Campaigns of Military History. He contributes regular columns in military history to North & South and StrategyPage, and is an Associate Fellow of the U.S. Civil War Center, at Louisiana State University, a Director of the New York Military Affairs Symposium, an occasional contributor to the History Channel, and a former sea cook. Al holds a B.A. (1965) and M.A. (1967) in history from Fordham University, and an M. Phil (1985) and Ph.D. (1991) in military history from the City University of New York. He has a website under construction at www.nofi.nu.
Austin Bay is a syndicated columnist (Creators Syndicate) and author (four non-fiction books, three novels). His commentaries appear on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program. He has worked as a special consultant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Bay retired as a colonel (Armor) from the US Army Reserve in 2003. He was recalled to active duty in 2004 and served in Iraq with US Army III Corps (Multi-National Corps--Iraq). He is an Army War College grad and has a PhD from Columbia University.
Stephen V Cole is a registered engineer and a company commander in the Texas Guard. He edited and published FYEO for 17 years after saving it from the hostile takeover of the previous publisher, then sold it back to its creator, Jim Dunnigan. During that tenure, he published thousands of articles on military affairs and made FYEO the sole publication providing a daily list of all military events, order of battle changes, and new weapon specifications (a tradition continued by Strategy Page). Stephen V Cole studied military affairs as a teenager under his father, a colonel-professor at Command & General Staff College, and graduated from ROTC in 1975.
Jim Dunnigan is an author (over 20 books), wargame designer (over 100 designed and publisher of over 500), defense advisor (since the 1970s), pundit (since the 1970s) and general troublemaker. Served in the US Army artillery (1961-64) as a Spec/4.