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Lint Center Announces Virtual Archive for National Security (LC-VANS)

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

National Security.

 

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

presently stands.

 

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

vulnerability.”

 

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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M915 tractor with M113 Armored Personnel Carriers waiting for the convoy to move out.

Eventful Convoy in Desert Storm

Boring convoys would be nice, but can get over exciting quickly. (Where is the ammo truck?)
During the convoy, at about 2am, on this super highway in the middle of the Saudi wasteland, there’s nothing but pitch blackness except for the dim illumination of our trucks headlights and the occasional passing motorist. Our vehicle intervals are stretched out to about 100 meters and we can barely make out who is ahead of us or who is behind us, except again, for the faint illumination of the lights of the trucks and our convoy manifest. We are tired and sleepy, having been driving for 20 hours or so.

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