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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Howard Altman Columns

CBS orders pilot for TV drama based on Tampa military scene

CBS orders pilot for TV drama based on Tampa military scene

TAMPA — As a city that hosts MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa is no stranger to military drama.
Published: 02/08/16

Security breaches differ at core

Trying to save my soul tonight ... It’s nobody’s fault but mine
Published: 02/07/16
Nearly five years after Petraeus scandal, bad decisions still resonate

Nearly five years after Petraeus scandal, bad decisions still resonate

Just three days before he would be lavishly praised in a ceremony honoring his retirement after 37 years in an Army uniform, Gen. David Petraeus did something that would help tarnish his stellar reputation as a military leader.
Published: 01/31/16
Updated: 02/01/16

In combat, civilians will be killed

From right here in Tampa, the folks at U.S. Central Command are calling the current aerial campaign against the so-called Islamic State “the most precise in the history of warfare.”
Updated one month ago

Likely leaders in the battle against Islamic State will have JSOC connections

At some point this year, probably after the current commanders deliver their last annual statements to Congress, the stars will have aligned for Joint Special Operations Command — the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, headquarters of the nation ...
Updated one month ago

General may wind up on a hotter seat

It’s just a short walk at MacDill Air Force Base from the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command to the headquarters of U.S. Central Command.
Updated one month ago

2015 evoked a wide range of emotions

Covering the military and veterans in a place like the Tampa Bay area at a time of enduring conflict is never dull, and 2015 had plenty of interesting moments of triumph and tragedy, controversy and success.
Updated one month ago
COLUMN

Dividing Iraq into three regions may be best path to peace

At some point, the Iraqis will probably fully retake Ramadi. And, sometime further down the road, they might, with the help (possibly) of the Kurds and more help from the U.S., Canada and other allies, retake Mosul.
Updated: 2 months ago
COLUMN

Autonomous drones may be on the horizon

We are not that far off from a day when one autonomous weapons system — read robot or drone — takes on another autonomous weapons system.
Updated: 2 months ago
COLUMN

Covering death is never easy

The woman grabbed my hand and squeezed.
Updated: 2 months ago