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Each year, NDCF works to protect American security through media appearances, research and publications, medical and fact-finding missions, and the intern program. Here's just some of what we've done this year:
Publications | Medical and Fact-finding Missions
TV & Radio | Activities
"Intensified Focus Due" Op-Ed by NDCF Executive Director Major F. Andy Messing on the problem this administration faces by attempting to use conventional means and forces to fight a special operations conflict. November 24, 2006. The Washington Times.
"Varieties of Democracy" Op-Ed by NDCF Research Fellow Sarah L. Gildea and Major F. Andy Messing on the multifaceted nature of democracy and its ability to be molded and used by the leaders and societies it serves. September 25, 2006. The Washington Times.
"Get Ethiopian Troops Out of Somalia" Op-Ed by NDCF Senior Research Assistant Gregory H. Winger on the real reasons for and the dangers of Ethiopian troops in Somalia. September 25, 2006. The Christian Science Monitor.
"Fueling war on the West" Op-Ed by Milt Copulos and Gal Luft on how OPEC keeps oil prices high to ensure the continued flow of petrodollars into their coffers. September 10, 2006. The Washington Times."A winning way for Iraq" Op-Ed by Major F. Andy Messing and Greg Winger on special operations and the demise of Abu Mosab al-Zarqawi. August 20, 2006. The Washington Times.
"Showdown with Chavez?" Joint Op-Ed by Major Messing and NDCF Intern Philip Riese on US relations with Venezuela. May 4, 2006. The Washington Times.
"Outreach Insights...and shortfalls" Joint Op-Ed by Major Messing and NDCF Intern Philip Riese on Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategy and Policy April 4, 2006. The Washington Times.
"No 'regime change' moves against Iran." Op-Ed by NDCF Intern Philip Riese on US policy toward Iran. March 7, 2006. The Washington Times.
June 28, 2006 - Major Messing and NDCF Senior Fellow Command Sergeant Major Greer flew to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo to meet with JTF Commander, Rear Admiral Harris and tour the Detainee Camp.
April 6-8, 2006 - Major Messing conducted medical mission to Sisters of Charity in Port-au-Prince.
March 24, 2006 - Major Messing forward deployed medical supplies destined for Haiti to Miami, Florida in preparation for mission.
NDCF's Interns Greg Winger (left) and Jordan Evert (right) visit Fox News Television with Major Messing who was being interviewed about the Israeli/Hezbollah Conflict.
|December 2||FOX Radio||Iraq|
|November 21||FOX Radio||Iraq/Defense Issues|
|July 18||FOX||Israeli/Hezbollah Conflict|
|June 21||FOX||Iraq Pullout|
|March 5||FOX||Iraq and Afghanistan|
December 6 - NDCF President met with Ambassador Curtin Winsor to discuss energy security and international relations.
December 12 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with Mr. Matt Meagher to discuss problems related to the development of strategically critical potash resources in New Mexico.
December 13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos interviewed for a documentary on energy security.
December 14 - Major Messing picked up medical supplies for future medical mission.
December 14 - Major Messing met with Jim Martin of 60 Plus to discuss Defense issues.
December 14 - NDCF President Milt Copulos attended the annual Holiday reception of the American Council on Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.
December 15 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met to discuss the coming year’s agenda and proposed fact finding and medical missions. Copulos also had a telephone conference with retired Marine General Chuck Wald concerning NDCF energy security studies.
December 16 - Major Messing met with NDCF contributors to guage reactions on Defense issues.
December 18 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with Lt. Col. Gal Luft, director of the Set America Free Coalition to discuss developing a series of seminars on energy security for Hill staff in the coming year.
December 19 - NDCF President Milt Copulos spoke with Matt Wald of the NYT concerning the energy security implications of the war in Iraq.
December 24 - Major Messing met with NDCF legal consultant to discuss legal issues of Foundation.
December 27 - NDCF President met with prominent expert on solar energy, Scott Sklar to discuss new technologies.
December 28 - Major Messing met with SPECOPS expert and NDCF Fellow Bruce Hazelwood on Defense issues.
November 1 - NDCF President Milt Copulos addressed the annual Board of Directors meeting of the Headwaters Resources Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah speaking on the topic of energy security.
November 7 - NDCF President Milt Copulos briefed Hill staff members on the Future House USA project in Beijing, China. NDCF is part of the consortium building the US entry in the project which is intended to highlight the most advanced energy-efficiency techniques available for housing construction.
November 8 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with staff members of the House Resources Committee.
November 13-14 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testified at the Interior Department Hearing on Outer Continental Self oil and gas leasing at Norfolk, VA.
November 16 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with an environmental working Group to discuss the findings of a recent Rand Corporation report on alternative energy.
November 21 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with officials of the American Council on Renewable Energy to discuss possible areas of future cooperation on energy security.
November 29 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in the organizing meeting for the Biomass Coordinating Council in Washington, D.C. NDCF is a founding member of this group which is dedicated to helping develop renewable domestic fuels from biomass.
November 29 - Major Messing attended Heritage Foundation meeting with Pat Boone. Heard him discuss defense and foreign affairs issues from his perspective.
November 30 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in the annual meeting of the American Council on Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. He also met with industry officials to discuss the potential impact of the new Congress on energy policy.
October 4 - NDCF President Milt Copulos held discussions with House Resources Committee staff members to follow up on his September 20th testimony on mineral security issues. Later that day he met with industry officials to discuss issues related to minerals development in New Mexico.
October 9-11 - NDCF initiates distribution of an information e-mail concerning the proposed 5-year plan for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing.
October 11 - Major Messing and Milt Copulos met to discuss and plan 2007 activities and goals.
October 12 - NDCF President Milt Copulos discusses OCS leasing with Florida state officials.
October 17 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a featured speaker on the topic of energy security at a conference in Houston, Texas sponsored by the Consumer Energy Alliance. Other speakers included John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil, Gerald Shaheen, Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator John Corny of Texas.
October 18-20 - NDCF President Milt Copulos held a series of meetings in Vancouver, Canada to discuss emerging energy technologies and their place in the U.S. Energy mix.
October 24 - NDCF President Milt Copulos held discussions concerning the creation of a Minerals Information Administration within the Department of the Interior with House Resources Committee staff.
September 5 - NDCF President Milt Copulos discussed the urgent problem of our import dependency on strategic and critical minerals with House Resource Committee staff members. One area of focus was the lack of regular information on the extent of our minerals dependency and the nations that are the primary suppliers.
September 6 - Major Messing briefed NDCF Chairman and Congressman Dan Burton and met with NDCF's President Milt Copulos on the Foundation's FY 07 agenda.
September 7 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was asked by Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member Kristin Sharp to draft an article for a special website Senator Lugar has established to provide a forum for the discussion of key energy issues. She noted that Senator Lugar had requested the article because he frequently cites NDCF statistics in his speeches.
September 10 - NDCF President Milt Copulos and Gal Luft have Op Ed, “Fueling War on the West” Op in the Sunday Edition of the Washington Times. The editorial notes that "We are ending up with 95 percent of the world relying for its economic well-being on decisions made by five or six countries in the Middle East." It also catalogs many of the “hidden costs” of our oil import dependence.
September 13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with House Resources Committee staff members Rick Deery and Kathleen Benedetto to discuss minerals security, and the need to improve the flow of information concerning our nation’s dependency on imports for key minerals. It was noted that while many Americans know we import over 65% of our oil, few know that we import 100% of 16 key minerals and that we are dependent on imports for 54% or more of our supplies of 42 key minerals.
September 13 - Major Messing briefed senior Board Member on NDCF activities and Foundation's FY 07 agenda.
September 14 - Major Messing met with a top Washington Reporter to discuss the War on Terrorism.
September 14 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with Ambassador Curtin Winsor, former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger and Andrew Kingston, President of DynaMotive Energy Systems to discuss new energy technologies and their role in reducing the use of imported oil in the non-transportation energy sector.
September 20 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testified before Housed Resources Committee on the need for better information regarding our dependence on imports for key mineral commodities and how a mechanism to provide such information should be structured.
September 20 - Major Messing met with NDCF supporters to brief them on recent and planned future NDCF activities.
September 21 - Major Messing debriefed departing Intern Sarah Gildea and submitted her last writings...then met with another NDCF Board Member.
September 25 - Had another Op-Ed published in Washington Times entitled "Varieties of Democracy" by Sarah Gildea and F. Andy Messing.
September 25 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with Industry officials regarding the potential contribution of coal to reducing foreign oil import dependence. It was noted that America is the “Saudi Arabia of coal,” with U.S. reserves accounting for over 27% of the world total.
September 27 - Major Messing met with and briefed an NDCF supporter in Florida. Also discussed ideas for additional features on the NDCF web site.
August 4-5 - Major Messing went to Houston, Texas to perform the swearing-in ceremony for former intern Robert Paisley as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Service Corps. Lieutenant Paisley plans to attend medical school and become a Special Forces surgeon.
August 8 - Major Messing had a lunch Meeting with Bob Novak to discuss NDCF projects and perspectives on Defense and Foreign Affairs.
August 11 - Major Messing met with General John Singlaub to discuss "Singlaub Panel " formed by NDCF which helped push the conflict in El Salvador during 1984 toward the correct goal. Additionally, briefed this NDCF Advisor on NDCF projects.
August 16 - Major Messing had Lunch with an Asian area specialist to gather background information about that region.
August 20 - Major Messing had a Joint Op-Ed published in the Washington Times with Greg Winger on War on Terrorism.
August 23 - Major Messing met with Army Special Forces expert to discuss Special Operations goals.
August 24 - Major Messing and Milt Copulos present the "Defender of Freedom Award" to Jim Martin of the 60 Plus Association, a seniors advocacy group, for strong support of a national defense.
August 27 - Major Messing met with a former NDCF Intern that just returned from Egypt and Israel to receive a briefing on current state of afffairs in those countries.
July 6-9 - NDCF President Milt Copulos held a series of meetings at Florida International University in Miami Florida to discuss energy issues in the People’s Republic of China.
July 7 - Major Messing met with a senior DoD official regarding Denton Amendment problems.
July 11-13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Solar Energy Society in Denver Colorado. Copulos spoke twice, once on a panel with former CIA Director James Woolsey, Paul Mcready, developer of the Gossamer Albatross, the experimental human-powered aircraft that crossed the English Channel, and then at a plenary session.
July 18 - Major Messing appeared on Fox News to discuss the current conflict in Lebanon between Israeli Defense Forces and Hezbollah.
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July 19 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a featured participant in a meeting of the 20/20 coalition to help develop a national energy strategy.
July 21 - Milt Copulos poses with Senator George Allen (R-VA) after briefing him on current energy issues.
July 26-27 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a featured participant in the first “implementation meeting” of the Energy future Coalition’s 25x25 group.
July 28 - Major Messing poses with former 1985 NDCF staffer Lieutenant Commander Tom Davey who recently returned from a combat tour in Afghanistan as a US Naval officer. Tom presented Major Messing with a donation to the foundation equal to one month's combat pay as well as an Operation Enduring Freedom commemorative coin.
June 2 - Major Messing met in Washington with Senior State Department official who is stationed in Iraq.
June 6 - NDCF President Milt Copulos is a featured participant in a seminar on energy sponsored by Congressional Quarterly at Virginia Beach, Virginia.
June 8 - NDCF President Milt Copulos is a participant in an invitation-only meeting on the potential of biofuels sponsored by the Worldwatch Institute.
June 12 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in a meeting to devise a strategy to expand the use of alternative fuels sponsored by the Energy Future Coalition’s 25 x 25 group.
June 15 - NDCF President Milt Copulos discussed energy security with Matt Meagher of Rep. Steven Pearce’s office.
June 15 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met
June 20 - Major Messing met with Senior Advisor from Phillippines.
June 20 - Major Messing met with a Senior US government official who is on the way to a new assignment in Iraq.
June 20 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in a seminar on alternative energy sponsored by Merrill-Lynch in New York, New York.
June 22 - Major Messing met in the Pentagon with General Casey, Commander US Forces Iraq.
June 28 - Major Messing and NDCF Senior Fellow Command Sergeant Major Greer flew to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo to meet with JTF Commander, Rear Admiral Harris and tour the Detainee Camp.
June 30 - Major Messing met with contributors to brief on current, ongoing and future issues.
May 1 - NDCF President Milt Copulos’ article “New Oil Realities,” is published in the May issue of World City Magazine.
May 4 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testifies before the Energy and Minerals Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee on the future of federal coal.
May 4 - Major Messing met with DoD anti-drug program director.
May 8 - Major Messing met with former NDCF intern 1st LT Patrick Keane who has recently returned from combat leadership tours as a USMC officer in Afghanistan and Iraq.
May 9 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with prominent energy consultants to discuss alternative energy options.
May 16 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with members of Rep. Steve Pearce’s staff to discuss energy security.
May 18 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testified before the Energy and Minerals Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee on the energy and mineral requirements of alternative fuels.
May 24 - Major Messing attended meeting with US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
May 25 - NDCF President Milt Copulos began work with CBS 60 Minutes program on a feature story on energy security scheduled to air in October.
May 26 - Major Messing met with US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Patrick Stillman, Program Executive Officer, Integrated Deepwater System.
May 31 - Major Messing met with a former NDCF intern who is now a US Government employee on his way to Iraq.
April 1 - NDCF President Milt Copulos’ article on how to eliminate oil imports, “America’s Untapped Depths,” is published in the April issue of American Legion Magazine.
April 4 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testifies at the U.S. Department of the Interior hearing on Outer Continental Shelf Leasing held in Norfolk, Virginia.
April 5 - Major Messing met with contributors to brief on current, ongoing and future issues.
April 5-8 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participates in an Aspen Institute Seminar held in Aspen, Colorado.
April 6 - Colonel Cousins presented remarks at the Tallahassee, Florida meeting of the Minerals Management Service regarding the Draft Proposed Plan for the 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2007-2012.
April 9-13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a major participant in the “Power-Gen” conference sponsored by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). His activities during the event included:
• Participation in the organizing meeting for the Biomass Coordinating Council;
• Participation in a panel on energy security along with former CIA Director James Woolsey and noted energy expert Amory Lovins;
• Conducting a briefing on alternative energy options for industry executives;
In addition, NDCF made the inaugural presentation of the Michel T. Halbouty Award for outstanding service in promoting energy security. The award is presented annually to one individual and one institution that have made exceptional contributions to improving America’s energy security. The 2006 recipients were Dan Hyde, Transportation Director for the City of Las Vegas for his 13 years of leadership in advancing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, and to the City of Las Vegas for its alternative fueled vehicle program.
April 10 - Milt Copulos presented the Michael T Halbouty Award for Outstanding Service in Promoting Energy Security to Dan Hyde, Transportation Director for the City of Las Vegas. Pictured from Left to right are: George Bialiecki, President Alternative Energy Builders, Andrew Kingston, President Dynamotive Energy Technologies, Dan Hyde, Lt. Col William Holmberg, USMC (Ret) and Milt Copulos.
April 21 - Major Messing conducted instruction session with interns.
April 24 - NDCF President Milt Copulos spoke with members of Senator Barak Obama’s staff on matters related to energy security.
April 29 - Major Messing met with DoD anti-drug program director.
March 1 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with Carol Werner, Executive Director of the Energy and Environmental Study Institute to discuss practical renewable energy alternatives and programs.
March 2 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with a group of prominent energy consultants to discuss the development of programs to enhance energy security.
March 3 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with officials of the American Forest Products Association to discuss how forest wastes can be used to produce energy.
March 9 - Major Messing met with contributors to brief on current, ongoing and future issues.
March 13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos had a follow-up meeting with prominent energy consultants to discuss the development of programs to enhance energy security.
March 16 - Major Messing met with former Congressional staffer regarding Defense & Foreign Affairs Policies.
March 17 - Major Messing met with NDCF Senior Fellow Colonel Bill Cousins to discuss NDCF future activities.
March 20-22 - Major Messing met with contributors to brief on current, ongoing and future issues.
March 23 - Major Messing met with Lieutenant General McInerney and a senior DoD official to discuss how to promote a computer template to accelerate assistance in disaster situations.
March 30 - NDCF President Milt Copulos testified before the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing held to discuss the NDCF study, “America’s Achilles Heel: The Hidden Cost of Imported Oil.”
March 30 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in a meeting sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute on developing ANWR.
February 3 - NDCF President Milt Copulos spoke at American University on international Relations.
February 7 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in discussion of ANWR sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
February 17 - NDCF President Milt Copulos discussed veteran’s issues with Robert Spanogle, National Adjutant of the American Legion.
February 20-25 - Major Messing conducted new Intern Orientation and Planning; procuring, sorting and packing medicines for mission to Haiti. Conducted research for Op-Ed for Washington Times.
February 22 - NDCF President Milt Copulos was a featured panelist, at The Future of Oil, a seminar sponsored by World City Magazine in Miami, Florida.
February 22 - NDCF President Milt Copulos had a two-hour morning meeting with Senator Stevens Counsel on matters related to Alaskan oil and gas production.
February 27 - NDCF President Milt Copulos conducted a four-hour afternoon briefing on energy matters for House Resources Committee and Energy Committee Staff.
January 11 - NDCF President, Milt Copulos, discussed oil development on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and other energy matters with Senator Lugar’s staff.
January 12-13 - Major Messing attended a Speaking engagement.
January 13 - NDCF President Milt Copulos discussed ANWR at a meeting sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute along with a select group of congressional staff and energy experts.
January 23 - Major Messing conducted coordination meeting for medical mission to Haiti.
January 24 - NDCF President Milt Copulos participated in a follow-up meeting concerning ANWR meeting at CEI.
January 25 - NDCF President Milt Copulos met with staff from Senator Landrieu’s office to discuss the impact of the recent hurricanes on energy production in the Gulf of Mexico.