Al Qaeda in Iraq took advantage of information age innovation to take hold and subvert counter-terrorism measures. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal's team had to adapt in order to contain this new enemy.
According to retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, top-notch cybersecurity isn't modeled after the Maginot Line or a giant wall attempting to block outside forces from getting in. Instead, we need to design cybersecurity that acts like an immune system, learning on the go every time a new or unique challenge emerges.
When we think about ISIS it's important to try to understand what they are and why they're as effective as they are.
Stanley Allen McChrystal is a retired United States Army general, described by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as, "perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I (have) ever met." His last assignment was as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). He previously served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008 to June 2009 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008. McChrystal was reportedly known for saying and thinking what other military leaders were afraid to; this was one of the reasons cited for his appointment to lead all forces in Afghanistan. He held the post from June 15, 2009, to June 23, 2010.
McChrystal has since joined the Yale University faculty, teaching courses in International Relations. His latest book is Team of Teams.