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UVA Panel Reflects on Pearl Harbor Attacks

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Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the United States entry into World War II.  A group on grounds wanted people to know that we still have things to learn from that event when it comes to national security.

Even though the world is a very different place than in December of 1941, the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) took advantage of this landmark event in our country's history to figure out ways to keep our country safe.

Wednesday's panel used the Pearl Harbor attacks as the base of conversation on national security.  That group included an author of a number of emergency communications texts, a retired deputy commander of the U.S. Northern Command, and a historian.  The deputy director for homeland security for the Bush administration moderated the talks. 

Retired Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, who serving during Pearl Harbor, has his own advice for future American intelligence - "Eternal vigilance. Always be prepared and don't take any chances. If you want to check something, check it twice."

Much of the conversation Wednesday linked Pearl Harbor to 9/11, and focused on how future intelligence agencies can better keep their eye out for warning signs for attacks on American soil.

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