The blame for the attack on Pearl Harbor cannot be laid solely on intelligence failures. The Pearl Harbor investigations affixed plenty of blame to faulty leadership, inflexible policies and procedures, and overall complacency after more than two decades of peace. These same investigations, however, called attention to the long overlooked concepts that intelligence work not only required expert personnel and continuity in time of peace, but that it also should be recognized as an essential function of command.
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Operations Security: 1. A systematic, proven process by which a government, organization, or individual can identify, control, and protect generally unclassified information about an operation/activity and, thus, deny or mitigate an adversary’s/competitor’s ability to compromise or interrupt said operation/activity (NSC 1988). 2. OPSEC is a process of identifying critical information and subsequently analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations and other activities to (a) identify those actions that can be observed by adversary intelligence systems, (b) determine indicators adversary intelligence systems might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information in time to be useful to adversaries, and select and execute measures that eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the vulnerabilities of friendly actions to adversary exploitation (DOD JP 1994; JCS 1997).
Operations Security process: An analytical process that involves five components: identification of critical information, analysis of threats, analysis of vulnerabilities, assessment of risks, and application of appropriate countermeasures (NSC 1988).
Lint Center Announces Virtual Archive for National Security (LC-VANS)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/29/2016
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting
the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and
mentoring opportunities, today is pleased to announce the launch of its new Virtual Archive for
It was only nine years after the devastation at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and no one believed that a
surprise attack could happen to U.S. forces ever again. But it did,” observed James R. Lint,
Founder and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “The surprise attack by
communist forces from the North in Korea, sparking the Korean War, changed American
national security assessments, as it helped to crystalize the implications of strategic surprise in
geopolitics as well as to American security interests globally.”
The Lint Center Virtual Archive for National Security (LC-VANS) strives to voice, catalog, and
document the experiences of veterans, contractors, and civilian workers involved in major
pivotal points in U.S. national security and international affairs. By providing a resource to
students, historians and observers alike the Lint Center seeks to provide the information and
historical record necessary to ensure that pivotal mistakes are not repeated and so that America
does not see the vulnerability of biases enabling strategic surprises perpetuated.
The Lint Center for National Security Studies desires to preserve the histories of individuals who
actively shaped and developed the history of the National Security of the United States as it
Your experience as a veteran, contractor, or civil service member is essential to help others
understand how enemies can see the possibility to advance due to recent drawbacks, especially in
an early period of an emerging war.
“Being in the national security career field is not an easy profession,” Lint adds. “No one hears
about the minor successes, but everyone knows mistakes can be costly. We can now learn from
our mistakes, in order to confront similar situations where enemies may see a window of
LC-VANS allows you to submit your story in two ways as we collect and receive content in
these primary ways.
Submissions from the community about an interesting topic via the Contact Form.
Personal story submissions or interviews via Submit Your Story Form.
This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Stephanie Balepogi.
About the Lint Center:
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c)
(3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students
pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military
intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority
operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more
information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.
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