Ryan Yantis 911 091411


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This slide deck was used for a presentation to the Chicagoland Community Advisory Board on September 14, 2011. It was based on my experiences in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and reflects my thoughts 10 years after the attack.

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Ryan Yantis 911 091411

  1. 1. Ryan Yantis Lt. Col., US Army, retired
  2. 2. Our Discussion Today <ul><li>Three Days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept. 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept. 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept. 12 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not speaking for the US Govt, DoD, or the US Army </li></ul><ul><li>Not presenting an opinion for anyone but myself </li></ul>
  3. 3. The World Of Sept. 10 <ul><li>U.S. was the sole global superpower </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic political division (He’s not my President!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller government; humble foreign policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on domestic and defense reforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The terrorist problem; law enforcement issue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business was business, and business was good </li></ul><ul><li>We were peacefully ignorant and unaware </li></ul>
  4. 5. Sept. 11: The Attack Timeline <ul><li>0814 American 11 is highjacked </li></ul><ul><li>0846 American 11 impacts the North Tower of the WTC (32) </li></ul><ul><li>0903 United 175 impacts the South Tower of the WTC (17) </li></ul><ul><li>0937 American 77 impacts the western side of the Pentagon (34) </li></ul><ul><li>1006 United 93 crashes near Shanksville, PA (29) </li></ul><ul><li>82 minutes = 1 hour 22 minutes </li></ul>My Opinion: The compressed time sequence put the attackers “inside” our decision and reaction cycle. The simple, pre-planned aspects of the hijackings and attacks made our decision-makers play catch-up. Our reactions were at least one step behind and impotent. The FAA grounding 4,500+ flights may have been the only thing that stopped the attacks that day.
  5. 6. The Pentagon <ul><li>Rule of 5 & 10 </li></ul><ul><li>5 Rings A-E </li></ul><ul><li>5 Floors 1-5 </li></ul><ul><li>10 Corridors </li></ul><ul><li>17.5 miles of corridor </li></ul><ul><li>6m+ sqft space </li></ul><ul><li>20k+ people </li></ul><ul><li>“ a little city” </li></ul><ul><li>7 minutes walking </li></ul>
  6. 11. Rest of the Day <ul><li>Press Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Getting into the office </li></ul>
  7. 12. Sept. 11: The Aftermath <ul><li>59 people died on American Flight 77 </li></ul><ul><li>125 people died in the Pentagon (70 civilian, 55 military) </li></ul><ul><li>106 were seriously injured and hospitalized </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds others were wounded </li></ul><ul><li>The Pentagon never closed or stopped working </li></ul><ul><li>Very austere conditions; “worst deployment ever” </li></ul><ul><li>By 11 September 2002, Phoenix Project completed </li></ul>
  8. 13. Sept. 12: Camp Unity <ul><li>Volunteer- and Citizen-directed effort in South Parking </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing story the media never really told </li></ul><ul><li>Companies sent semis full of goods </li></ul><ul><li>Red Cross, USO, Salvation Army working together </li></ul><ul><li>Companies providing goods and services for free </li></ul><ul><li>Provided real support in real ways - it meant a lot </li></ul>
  9. 14. Sept. 12: National Unity <ul><li>Stunning initial effect; built resolve </li></ul><ul><li>Afghanistan, Iraq, GITMO and other aspects challenge the unity; fray common cause </li></ul><ul><li>To me, three differing mindsets to the challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept 10 - partisan bickering and posturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept. 11 smaller #, stuck in the horror </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept. 12 working to solve the challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International audience/actors seek own best options </li></ul>
  10. 15. Terrorist <ul><li>Embrace Death </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Governance </li></ul><ul><li>No Means for Grievance </li></ul><ul><li>2nd/3rd & Shadow World </li></ul><ul><li>State /Oil/Crime Funded </li></ul><ul><li>Fear Education </li></ul><ul><li>Fear Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to Control Women </li></ul>The West <ul><li>Embrace Life </li></ul><ul><li>Secular Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive/Redress </li></ul><ul><li>First World </li></ul><ul><li>Is a State </li></ul><ul><li>Seek Education </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Rights </li></ul>
  11. 16. Lessons, 10 Years On <ul><li>The World Is A Different Place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>United States no longer supreme power </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Endless War” or new style conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Will not be won or lost solely in military terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic, Social, Legal and Diplomatic needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is a struggle of self-determination, Women’s Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Very costly in treasure, lives & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Has already set global changes in motion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Leadership & Arab Spring </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. So, What Can I Do ? <ul><li>Learn more; read, educate yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for next act/chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Become involved; make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, Honor, Celebrate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support our Military (hire Vets!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support Willow House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the American Red Cross/USO </li></ul></ul>
  13. 19. Questions?