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James Bruno


Diplomacy and foreign affairs. How government decision-making takes place. Interactions of the White House, State Dept., Pentagon, Congress and CIA in formulating policy. How governments deal with each other. Area expertise includes Afghanistan, Indochina, Europe, Cuba. Served in Guantanamo. Currently a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve and Standby Response Corps.

Experience in the area

23-years as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. Previously at the Defense Dept. Prior to joining government, worked as a journalist with major news organizations.


CBS-News, UPI; various newspapers. Bestselling novelist: TRIBE, PERMANENT INTERESTS and CHASM.


M.A. - U.S. Naval War College
M.A. - Columbia Univ.
B.A. - George Washington Univ.

Awards and Honors

Various in government.

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2017-01-22 Combat reports in Iraq and Afghanistan regarding weapon use.:

Ian:    The sidearm is a last ditch weapon, and usually isn't used by the infantry. To my knowledge and that of a military expert I consulted, such usage of a sidearm is not recorded. The only advice I

2016-11-13 CIA-JSOC-President meeting in novel:

Giulia:    Wow. What a plot you have there! Let me see if I can break down the decision-making a bit to enhance the verisimilitude.    First, in the scenario you outline, I would favor a "covert" vs a

2016-10-28 Books on Foreign Affairs:

Henrique:    Following are some excellent books written by American military officers and civilian officials that I can highly recommend:      Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Paperback  by Robert M

2016-07-23 Croatian and Serbian weaponry:

Stacie:    The Zastava M91 is not available in the U.S. though I see a petition is circulating to allow its importation.    Croatia produces its own sniper rifle, the EM-992(

2016-04-06 WWII R&D costs?:

This is too broad a question. E.g., are you asking about R&D costs for every belligerent, from Mexico to the Soviet Union? I don't think such all-inclusive data are to be found in any single resource.


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