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Daniel Clay Russ, Editor

Daniel Clay Russ, Editor 

Daniel Clay Russ traces his love of military history to his father, Sgt. Marvin Edward Russ who served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. His brother Harvey was in artillery for a while during Vietnam and later transferred to Signal Corps. His brother Stephan served in the Navy on the USS Wasp and at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.

For 6 years, Daniel was a creative director working on the USAF account and for 6 years he worked on Allison Gas Turbine Division of GM.



Kenny Sink

Kenny Sink is a famous advertising art director now currently residing in Studley, Virginia. He also an accomplished Civil War relic hunter and an expert on the Civil War.

Steve Miller

Steve is a famous advertising Creative Director who has worked on Southwest Airlines, the US Air Force, and other major accounts. He is a private pilot and an avid military history buff.

Matt McDougall

Matt is a digital marketing expert who has written a history of the Punic Wars. He is a military historian extraordinaire.



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Ronnie Hull August 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Please add my name to receive enews, updates, etc. Thank you.

Robert York February 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Folks, We are seaching for a photo of Edward Heinemann for a section we are doing in our newspaper ( the san Diego Union-Tribune) on San Diego being the birthplace of naval aviation and the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the effort. Your site has a photo of Mr. Edward Heinemann and I am writing seeking permission to use it once in our newspaper and on our website as a part of this report.
Thanks for your time and consideration
Robert York
Director of Photo and Video

Daniel Russ February 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

We are a free site and use photos only as editorial

We pulled his photo off of the internet

Jonathan Gerard Seow February 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

I would like to suggest starting a new category that I think might be of great interest for further research and study. The current arms race in Asia (increase in defense spending in Asia), and the areas of the military that these Asian nations are improving upon. The Asian nations that have dramatically increased defense spending in recent years include but are not limited to: People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar,and even Russia & Australia, which may not be strictly Asia but are still key countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The consequences of such an arms race should be considered, on my part I have been monitoring weapon systems development and the modernizing of some of the militaries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Thank you

Daniel Russ February 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

why not submit a piece or refernece material

this is a great idea

Dan Uneken February 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

you guys need a language editor

Daniel Russ February 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm


Stuart March 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

The photo you have of T.E. Lawrence at the top of article “Lawrence Of Arabia Helped Mastermind Guerrilla Warfare In The Mideast”: could you let me know if it is free to use or where you sourced it from? Apologies if your answer to the previous post regarding images already answers all questions in this regard.
Many thanks

Daniel Russ March 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

I don’t own it. Again, since this is a military history blog and we generally take images off of the Library of Congress. The owners can always request we take them off but no one has since we have been publishing.

gy March 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

Working on family genealogy to be given to local historical societies, nothing for sale or personal monetary gain. Is it possible to include an article from this site if link to your site is identified? Many thanks. Amazing blog you have!

Thomas Beardslee April 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

Yesterday a local TV commentator attributed the following statistics to your group, and I wonder if you can direct me to the study that resulted in these statistics?

“Frank, I always try to stick with the facts. According to statistics from the Civilian Military Intelligence Group, handgun deaths in the United States reach 10,000 annually
and another 700,000 are injured. 20 years ago we all played with lawn darts. Three people were killed and lawn darts were banned. Something for you, Frank, to think about.
The Virginia Tech shooter shot himself in the head.”

Thank you for your assistance.

Lance Olsen September 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm


I stumbled onto your webpage http://civilianmilitaryintelligencegroup.com/5699/russian-horror-at-stalingrad but could find nothing on your website on the battle that was the model for it — the Battle of Taierzhuang 1938 and thought you folks might be interested in my upcoming book which provides an insight into this blind spot in the history of World War 2 in the English-speaking world.

My reasons for writing the book is explained at — http://numistamp.com/Why-these-WW2-pages-.php

A preview is available at —
(2 webpages — use the link at the bottom of Page 1 to go to Page 2)

Russian history buffs have found it interesting enough to request an abstract be put on the internet in Russia (http://ww2.debello.ca/eruption/pearl-harbor/taierzhuang.html) and have reccommended it on Twitter (see items 18 &19 — https://twitter.com/2ndww/)

I realized that there is an elephant in the room in histories of WW2 and that an insight into this blind spot is needed to truly understand WW2 – to prevent history from repeating itself.

I went outside of the box and searched beyond the conventional wisdom concerning WW2 and present the results of my quest in this book. For more information, see —

I’m not the novellist Lance Olsen — I write histroy.

Your comments are welcome even in the event that we happen to disagree.

Best regards,

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Kathy turner December 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Dear National Defense Blogger,

With global warming reaching crisis levels, it may be that the country will want a President who will cut emissions. Of all the candidates who are likely to do so, perhaps Lindsey Graham is the best one to insist upon a safer Iran deal than the current one.

Perhaps you could urge your blog followers to vote for him and to write letters to newspapers in support of him.

Regards, Kathy Turner

Alex Sokolow April 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Dear Influential National Security Blogger,

Ted Cruz is the most likely candidate to re-negotiate the deal which allows Iran to house nuclear weaponry at suspected (as opposed to known) sites, and which allows them 24 days notice in which to hide them. Donald Trump and John Kasich have also spoken recently about re-negotiation, but they have not been as consistent about it as Ted Cruz has been.

Please urge those of your followers with pending primaries to vote for Ted Cruz, and to write letters to their local newspapers in support of him.

(We can also suggest to the Republican committees of CO, ND, PA, WY, American Samoa, and Guam—and of the nation as a whole–that they urge the unbound delegates to vote for Cruz. Similar appeals can be made to those who’ve dropped out.)

Regards, Alex Sokolow

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