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Edward Corcoran
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Edward Corcoran is a retired Army officer who ended his military career as a Strategic Analyst at the US Army War College where he chaired studies for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Operations. Prior to that, as a Soviet affairs specialist, he served on intelligence staffs and spent two years as a Liaison Officer to the Commander-in-Chief, Group of Soviet Forces, Germany.

After his military career, Ed provided extensive support to Department of Energy activities on Operations Security and technology transfer issues, as well as serving as a core member of the Secretary's Safeguards and Security Task Force which evaluated security throughout the DOE complex. During this time he also served as the Rappoteur of the Defence of Europe Working Group of the Common Security Programme, based in Oxford, England, and had extensive discussions with European specialists on NATO defense issues. Subsequently, Ed ran an environmental engineering company in Budapest, Hungary, for ten years, focusing on industrial energy efficiency.

Most recently he serves as a Senior Fellow on national security issues at and has actively worked with strategic assessments, including support to the Project on National Security Reform and as a member of the Afghanistan Study Group. Ed is also an active member of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce and is their newsletter coordinator. He has authored numerous professional writings and presentations on military and security issues and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues.

Entries by Edward Corcoran

Jobs for Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:36 AM

The basic challenge is to structure the economy so that the productive sector supports everyone. The recent economic downturn has put a lot of attention on unemployment. Although there is slow and fairly steady improvement in this area, it remains a serious concern, particularly since the figures do not even...

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Afghanistan and Kids at the Border

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:55 AM

These are two current challenges facing the nation and at first glance seem totally unrelated. But in fact they are two aspects of the core challenge for the 21st century: promoting U.S. prosperity.

The 21st century poses an unprecedented strategic situation -- no major power faces any significant threat...

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Is It OK to Be Rich?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:31 AM

Yes, but.

Of course, it is OK. America is the Land of Opportunity, and the opportunity is the opportunity to be rich. If you work hard and creatively and contribute to society, you can get a real reward. America was never the Land of Equal Results, but of opportunity to...

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Corporations and Wealth Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:03 AM

At the end of 2013, the stock market hit an all-time high. So did corporate profits as a share of gross domestic product. But wages hit an all-time low. This lopsided distribution of wealth is justified as the working of the market economy. But it is not the market...

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Envisioning Invisible Afghanistan

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Physicist Erwin Schrödinger proposed a famous "thought experiment"
with a cat in a sealed box, wherein the cat's life or death depended on the
state of a subatomic particle. To an outside observer, until the box is opened,
the cat remains both alive...

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Why Afghanistan Matters: Renewing America and Renewing the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:58 PM

The world is in an unprecedented strategic situation: No major nation faces a serious threat of invasion or subjugation. The Cold War had posed an existential threat; indeed more than once nuclear war was actually close. Russia still has the same nuclear capabilities, but even in these tense times of...

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Crimean Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:59 AM

The Crimea has suddenly become the new focus of American-Russian competition.

Russia remains an oppressive society and is getting worse. A small group of oligarchs and politicians is draining away the wealth of the country, while a corrupt government stifles individual rights and suppresses efforts at social protest. The government...

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Fixing Wealth Inequality

(21) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:20 PM

Wealth inequality is having a corrosive effect on US society. Sequester is badly restraining Federal government actions. State and local governments struggle to fund education, roads, police, prisons and address homelessness, gangs, and growing numbers of desperate individuals. Unemployment, underemployment and low wage levels affect many millions, while the...

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Immigration, Globalization and National Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Immigration is undermining America.

For years, it was an American strength. The Statue of Liberty proclaims: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.” Persecuted Pilgrims, starving Irishmen, war refugees, and...

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Wealth Inequality: Core Challenge for National Security

(14) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 5:15 PM

America prides itself on being the Land of Opportunity, and has made real efforts to be a land of equal opportunity. But it has never claimed to be a land of equal results. The driving force of the capitalist economic system is to get ahead with hard work and clever...

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Guns: The Protection Paradox

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Criminals can always get guns, though the harder it is, the fewer will actually succeed and some will expose themselves in the process. Obviously, unless everyday citizens can have guns for protection, they will be vulnerable to criminal elements.

Criminals use guns for a wide spectrum of activities. At...

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Realigning Defense Workers

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and not clothed. This
world in arms is not spending money alone. It is
spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius
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Forget the Second Amendment

(40) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:24 PM

It is so poorly worded that it takes a Supreme Court decision to determine if the right to bear arms is an individual or collective one -- a decision that could be potentially reversed some time in the future. But the central problem is that bearing arms is not a...

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Capital Gain, Social Loss

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 8:13 PM

Investments provide two major types of returns: dividends or bond interest based on company profits, and capital gains based on increasing valuation of the asset. Dividends and interest paid from real earnings help power the economy. Capital gains also help power the economy; but in addition they serve as a...

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An Elimination of Marriage Act

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Government should not be in the marriage business. Although it absorbed much older secular marriage codes, marriage is a religious concept. It legitimizes sex between a man and a woman, essential for procreation which some churches see as the primary or even only legitimate purpose of sex. Churches should be...

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Paying for Some One Else

(46) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:57 AM

There is a general expectation that people are responsible for paying for themselves, that how able they are to do this - how well off they are – reflects the results of their individual efforts in life. But in all social groups, some people...

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Growth Is Killing the US Economy

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 4:09 PM

Growth is considered the foremost driver of prosperity. The growth rate of Gross Domestic Product gives an immediate measure of how well a national economy is functioning. Such economic growth drives business expansion and job creation. Low US growth rates in recent years directly contributed to high unemployment rates. And...

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People-Centered Policy

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 6:00 PM

The American appeal to the world has long been based on its core concept of the worth of the individual. America's rights and freedoms shone brightly and were reinforced at the entrance to New York Harbor by the iconic statue of Liberty Enlightening the World with its plaque: “Give me...

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Afghanistan Arising

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Afghanistan is about to blossom into a vibrant, modern nation; unfortunately the ongoing turmoil and the relentlessly negative media coverage obscure this underlying dynamic. A new Afghanistan is unfolding unseen before our very eyes. USAID's recent report, Partnership, Progress, Perseverance, provides an overview of the significant progress that has...

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Afghan Manifesto

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 10:34 AM

Afghanistan is clearly in a crisis. The military drawdown has everyone uncertain of the future and reluctant to invest in it.

The Taliban appear confident that they will return to control -- they see time on their side, NATO will leave and they will be left behind. Yet much...

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