Poliquicks is a blog/website for a quick glance at major news items and opinions that may not have all the story in the network or cable news media concerning international relations, politics and military affairs.
The main contributor is H. Thomas Hayden, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps, who served over 35 years with the Marine Corps, Defense Industry and civilian contractor in the Pentagon. His Marine Corps assignments included combat tours in Vietnam, Central America, Gulf War, Somalia, & Columbia and work assignments in Europe, Japan and the Middle East.
Tours in the Marine Corps included Special Operations, Intelligence Officer, Logistics Officer and MAGTF Plans and Operations Officer. His assignments included Branch Head, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC), Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC); Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs; and, Senior Program Analysts at HQMC with the Joint Staff and DoD at the Pentagon. He was the Commanding Officer (CO) of MSSG-33 and later CO of BSSG-9. During the Gulf War he was the CO, Headquarters & Service Battalion, 1stFSSG, where he commanded all Rear Area Security Forces to include Military Police, Counter Terrorist Reaction Force and a Navy Port Security and Harbor Defense Group (NUSWU, EOD and US Coast Guard Port Security Unit). His battalion was raised to a brigade size task force of 2,300 men and women.
In the defense industry he became the President of a joint venture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he traveled through out the Middle East.
He has a MBA (Pepperdine University) and a MA in International Relations (University of Southern California). He has written two books (SHADOW WAR: Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict and WARFIGHTING: Maneuver Warfare in the U.S. Marine Corps), and contributed to a third (Amphibious Assault: Manoeuver from the Sea – published in the UK), and is working on a fourth. He has written numerous magazine articles and he has written guest opinions for the Florida/Georgia THE TIMES-UNION.