The current situation between Russia and Ukraine is a concern to us all and in this episode we could not have a better guest than Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer to help us make sense of it all.
On one side we have a very confident Putin trying to leave a legacy and on the other a weak European Union, a lacklustre Biden and no one is sure how to respond.
We have a build up of 60% of Russian military massing on the Ukraine border and after the Afghanistan retreat the US has lost all credibility, the EU has never had a military response to any aggressors and with Germany paralysed by the fear of having its Russian gas supplies cut off, Brussels is powerless and leaderless.
Does Russia have a legitimate claim on Ukraine?
Why is Biden talking up war?
With no plans for Ukraine to join NATO, why does Russia feel threatened?
Join us for Tony’s expert view of this military tension.
LtCol Anthony (Tony) Shaffer (retired), is the President of the London Center for Policy Research, a New York Times bestselling author and CIA trained intelligence operations officer with 35 years of experience in global and national security. In his think-tank work he is an advisor to senior members of the White House, the Intelligence Community, Pentagon and key members of Congress. He also works with National Geographic as an Advising Producer and Co-Producer of the series “Chain of Command”. In 2017 he became the Homeland Security Advisor to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia and works as its member of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau’s expanded task force.
As a senior DoD intelligence officer, he received the Bronze Star and the Commander’s Award for Civil Service for his work on cutting edge, highly classified, DoD special activities. He has detailed operational and policy expertise regarding the full spectrum of strategic national security issues; from being a pioneer in cyber operations, to being at cutting edge of U.S. counterterrorism efforts and helping develop and use of “weaponized technology”.
Tony has commanded and directed several key operational intelligence organizations that conducted “compartmented” (aka black) operations. These include Special Mission Task Force STRATUS IVY, that conducted direct support to DoD compartmented activities (OSD, SOCOM, JSOC, Army) which was focused on offensive information operations. In addition, he commanded Field Operating Base (FOB) Alpha, a joint DIA/CIA unit conducting classified collection and special operations support regarding terrorists just after the 9/11 attacks.
As the President of the London Center for Policy Research (LCPR) he leads the think tank community in research on the key policy issues of our time: national security, energy, and risk analysis.
Tony manages the mission of the Center to challenge conventional wisdom where appropriate, add texture to the current deliberations on policy issues and build support for positions that further the national interest and the interest of key allies.
Find Tony on GETTR https://gettr.com/user/tspooky
and London Center Website https://www.londoncenter.org/
Interview recorded 17.2.22
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