RADM Norman Hayes, USN
"...Our current investment is overwhelmingly in our Partner Development Program. Training with our partners to conduct Special Operations activities where our combined national interests intersect.  It has been very successful and is a sound use of high demand US SOF elements.  Engagements ranging from a 12 man ODA all the way up to an including USSOCOM Command visits with European Partner Nation SOF are strengthening our Partners' abilities to deploy to regions beyond the EUCOM Unified Command Plan (UCP) borders.  The SOF enterprise is expanded with by, with, and through our allies and partners..."

Explore some of the latest programs being employed within the command with RADM Norman Hayes, USN, Director of Intelligence, US European Command and how are they supporting the overall mission of EUCOM.

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Read the full U.S. Navy Biography



En·gaged  (n-gjd) adj.: Committed, as to a cause.

Beowulf was founded on the idea of educating key leaders on all aspects of the defense and security industries. Through ENGAGED Magazine, Beowulf, it's contributors, and friends bring a 21st century outlook to modern problems with an insight covering changes in Defense Policy and Technology, International Politics, Law Enforcement, and Counter Piracy. 

Col. Richard Samuels, USAF
Without good security, good governance and economic prosperity are difficult to achieve. In this exclusive interview, Colonel Richard Samuels, USAF Deputy Commander SOCAFRICA, US AFRICOM, examines the role and current priorities within SOCAFRICA. As troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) there is a greater demand on special operations forces. This interview explores the various issues this creates, current problems in the region, and what is being done to meet the most pressing challenges. Colonel Samuels also comments on the future priorities for SOCAFRICA and answers the question ‘are we winning or losing on the continent’? 

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En·gaged  (n-gjd) adj.: Committed, as to a cause.

Beowulf was founded on the idea of educating key leaders on all aspects of the defense and security industries. Through ENGAGED Magazine, a new bi-monthly publication, Beowulf--and it's contributors and friends--brings a 21st century outlook to modern problems with an insights covering changes in Defense Technologies and Policies, International Politics, Law Enforcement, and Counter Piracy. 
Citizen, Journalist, and Elected Official Daniel de Gracia writes the foreword for the inaugural edition of ENGAGED Magazine.

The “Warship of the Future”, That Wasn’t
By Beowulf Intern Phil Futuyama
Phil Futuyama takes a quick look at the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship in his debut article as a Beowulf Research Intern.

The Tiger and the Dragon
By Beowulf Interns Phil Futuyama and Allison Maykuth
With the impressive rise of China and India as key players on the global stage, Beowulf Interns Allison Maykuth and Phil Futuyama take an indepth look at the future of the New East

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By Arnold Lewis
Friday, October 20th, 2011
Re-Written Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

With endless counter-insurgency operations falling out of favor with the Obama administration and many think-tanks in Washington, the US military seems poised for an essential restructuring for twenty-first century conflicts with near-peer and asymmetric threats.

By Michael Durao and Arnold Lewis
August 8th, 2011

W.J. Hennigan’s article “High Costs, Malfunctions Plague F-22 Fighter Jets” (L) is nearly as flawed as he makes the F-22 out to be, examining the fighter jet’s costs with a bias that’s obvious from the first sentence, misleading figures, and apparently no knowledge of the many problems faced by all aerospace procurement.  In reality, the F-22 is among the most cost-effective and capable defense projects in recent years, particularly after Robert Gates and his cheerleaders in Congress killed the Raptor in favor of the overpriced and substandard F-35.

Hennigan’s article represents the drastic success of transformational warfighting proponents in spreading misinformation about the Raptor while covering up the massive failures of their pet projects.

By Arnold Lewis
July 26th, 2011
Rewritten February 21st, 2012

In 2008, outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe declared, “it is the end of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).” The guerrillas moved into the jungles, and life for many Colombians in the country’s numerous small towns finally began to calm down. However, three years later, the FARC are on the rebound. Launching a new offensive in 2010, the FARC has changed its tactics, devolving from a military force that would fight for, capture, and hold territory to a guerrilla force focusing on hit-and-run tactics, as well as kidnapping and the increased use of explosives such as landmines and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices against civilian, police, military, and political targets.

By Arnold Lewis and Michael Durao
June 22nd, 2011
NATO operations in Libya over the past few months have exposed glaring flaws in the alliance’s readiness and ability to wage war, a fact recognized not only by American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, but even by its own members in recent weeks.  Admiral Mark Stanhope of the Royal Navy has warned that due to defense budget cuts and ongoing participation in the war in Afghanistan, Britain may not be able to maintain its commitment to NATO in Libya.  According to Admiral Pierre-Francois Forissier, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will be taken out of service for the entirety of 2012 if it continues its operations off the coast of Libya through the end of 2011.  The Norwegians, initially among the strongest proponents of military intervention in Libya, have determined that they cannot sustain air operations beyond August 1st; their small contingent of deployed F-16s cannot keep up with the high logistical demands of continued operations.  In addition, stockpiles of munitions have been running low for many European nations enforcing the no-fly zone and supporting the advance of the National Liberation Army.  However, these are only symptoms of a larger, institutional problem plaguing the European defense sector and militaries.

By Michael Durao
June 18th, 2011

While the PRC has kept its pawns Qaddafi and al-Assad in power in Africa and the Middle East, the success of its continued imperial endeavors have thankfully been slightly muted by ongoing territorial disputes with its neighbors.  Once again, tensions over the Spratly Islands and South China Sea have flared up, in this instance following PLAN warships engaging Vietnamese fishing vessels near the archipelago.  Claimed by the PRC, ROC, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, and Malaysia, both China and Taiwan have the most dubious claims to the islands, based entirely on insignificant historical exploration of the islands backed up by falsified archaeological findings.  These islands are rather far from the Chinese mainland, though, and neither the region’s relatively insignificant oil reserves nor any need for fishing rights seem to warrant the PRC’s obsession with asserting dominance over it, despite their being among the government’s publicly-stated rationales for claiming them. 

By Arnold Lewis
May 13th, 2011

In 2009, 214 ships were attacked by pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. In 2010, 219 ships were attacked. As of April 28, twenty-six ships were still being held by Somali pirates for ransom. In addition, forty-nine ships were hijacked by Somali pirates last year, with twenty ships hijacked this year. However, piracy in the Indian Ocean is not an extremely large problem; piracy barely makes a dent in international shipping worldwide. But, the international community cannot condone piracy. Although some believe that this problem can be solved through either occupation of the Somali fishing villages or through stationing massive naval fleets in the region (among other solutions), I believe that shipping companies should hire private security teams for protection. These teams can defend the ship when the navies of the world cannot, and the quartering of private security teams aboard shipping vessels offers a far more cost-effective solution to the problem.