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Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN. He served for 37 years in the Army, including three years in combat, and retired as commanding general of U.S. Army, Europe and 7th Army. He is the author of "Growing Physician Leaders." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his.
(CNN)The military aides who carry it call it "the football." The more accurate name is the "president's emergency response satchel." But no matter what it is called, the contents of this small metal briefcase contained within a black leather satchel is always within a few feet of the president of the United States.