The Consortium of Defense Analysts (CODA) is a group of U.S. and international military/security/defense and other professionals with a common interest, but not unanimity of opinions or beliefs, in identifying and analyzing threats to U.S. security. The members of CODA include (in alphabetical order):

  1. Patricia Chaffin, former administrative law judge.
  2. Gary Fairlie, Defence Materiel Organisation, Australia.
  3. Larry Frost, Esq., Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.).
  4. Jay B. Gaskill, J.D., attorney-at-law; former public defender.
  5. A. James Gregor, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
  6. James Habermehl, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.).
  7. Takuma Hasegawa, M.A. – student at Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party school; co-author of “War and Remembrance: The View From Japan,” Democracy and Security 3:1 (January-April 2007), pp. 45-88.
  8. Mark S. McGrew, owner, Minc Oil Co.; member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers*.
  9. John Molloy, Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition.
  10. Matthew Scillia, Col., U.S. Army.
  11. Ankur Shukla, 2004-2005 Indicorp Fellow, India; Public Health Adviser, US Department of Health and Human Services.
  12. Richard Thurston, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.).
  13. Robert K. Wilcox, author.

*The opinions expressed by Mark S. McGrew in his letters, blogs, events, speeches, newsletters, slides, papers, presentations, discussions, etc. are those of himself, and do not reflect the position of, or the endorsement by, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, its members, officers, chapters, or board.

Statement of Problem:

America’s premier opponents are:

  1. China
  2. Islam
  3. Other

China is the first security risk not only because it is powerful and is becoming more so, internally it is a powder-keg with a slowing economy, the world’s most unequal wealth distribution, pandemic corruption, and riots and demonstrations that increase every year. Add to this already toxic mix the Communist Party’s and the populace’s irredentist nationalism that’s fueling China’s increasingly assertive stance over disputed territories in the East and South China Seas, and along the Sino-Indian border. Given the United States’ treaty obligations with Japan and South Korea, as well as our overall interests in Asia-Pacific, those territorial disputes do and will involve us.

Islam is the second risk because its theocratic ideology is utterly incompatible with Western civilization’s primacy on political democracy and individual rights and liberty. While violent jihadists are a fraction of global Islam, 1.2 billion of the world’s population are Muslim and explicitly or implicitly accept that doctrine, and thus are partly or largely motivated to act in accordance with that doctrine.

There is no agreement in the Consortium as to the identity of the third threat to U.S. security. Some candidates:

  • Is it Russia, America’s main antagonist during the Cold War?
  • Is it United Europe, as it increasingly becomes Islamicized in both population and culture, and so becomes part of Threat #2?
  • Certainly a nuclear-armed bellicose North Korea poses a threat to South Korea and Japan and, in so doing, does concern and involve the U.S.
  • A member of the Consortium proposes, with compelling logic, that U.S. politicians who work against America’s national interests are the foremost threat to U.S. security.

How should America engage, thwart and neutralize these threats?

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  1. The usual solution thrown into the basket is that the US should generate a 21st century version of the Monroe Doctrine. I think that luxury has long gone.

    Without co-existence and mutual respect for differing cultural and value systems, then conflict with major centres of power heads towards the unattractive


  2. Concur. No major power at this time has the ability to impose its will on another major power. In point of historical fact, the “Monroe Doctrine” was based on an idea by Lord Castereagh when he was Foreign Minister of Britain and Monroe was the US Secretary of State. And it was behind the shield of the Royal Navy that the Doctrine was enforced. It would be difficult, indeed, to replicate those circumstances in the 21st century.


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  4. How could this knowledgeable group not agree that modern Russia is America’s — as well as Europe’s — significant threat? Mr. Putin clearly wishes to: 1) remain Russia’s autocratic strongman, 2) rebuild the Russian Empire by expansion, 3) challenge America and our allies determination by overt military intervention, as well as covert cyber warfare attacks.


  5. How should America engage, thwart and neutralize these threats?

    1. China must be engaged in a multi-faceted approach as they are threatening us in a similar manner, that being economically, militarily, and covertly via espionage. Details are beyond my scope of knowledge though as a student of history I believe this assessment is accurate.

    2. Islam is an ideology and must be recognized as such. It is only a “religion” in the sense that it is a system of beliefs. One could claim any pagan cult or even satan worship as being a religion with as much validity as muslimes claim their cult to be a religion. Therefore, one must approach islime as an ideology, developing a long term strategy that incorporates:
    A) Removal of all muslimes from America. See Immigration & Naturalization Act of 1952 as legal justification. Ban the practice of islime in America as the Japanese have done quite successfully.
    B) Containment of all muslimes to the muslim country from which they came or with which they are related.
    C) Develop a long term strategy to expose the lie of islime. The ideology must be exposed for being the rantings of a lunatic with NO legitimacy whatsoever.
    D) Destroy all muslimes who choose to engage in any form of violence against Americans anywhere. If they really want a war, as they have openly stated, we must employ the Patton doctrine to the fullest extent possible, that being to promptly arrange a meeting between muslimes and the one true God.

    Given that they are now engaged in a long term cultural jihad using immigration and population growth as their tactic to conquer us, anything less than these four actions will eventually lead to the destruction of America and the rest of the non-muslime world with us. I for one have no intention of leaving an America to my descendants that may at some point be turned into an enslaved nation under the dominion of muslime animals, so let’s get on with it now.

    It goes without saying that the traitors in our own government, media, and academia must be dealt with as all traitors have been dealt with historically, namely to identify them, arrest them, try them, then execute those found guilty by law. No mobs. Just the application of our laws as they are written and intended. Domestic enemies are perhaps the most despicable of all enemies as they have betrayed us for personal gain which they willingly and intentionally pursue while pretending to be Americans. When the executions are performed, photographs must be taken and archived to remind all who follow what is in store for them if they choose to betray us as many today have chosen.


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