Airpower Comes of Age September 2015 By James Kitfield Click to view in PDF format   Print this page After a quarter-century of continuous combat, USAF is much closer to achieving the battlespace dominance that airpower pioneers envisioned. ​ The seemingly sudden eruption of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria caught the US […]

Japan Seeks Biggest-Ever Defense Budget Amid China Concerns By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press 1:46 p.m. EDT August 31, 2015 (Photo: Itsuo Inouye/AP) 1 CONNECT 16 TWEET 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE TOKYO — Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of […]

Gen. Petraeus:  Use al Qaeda Fighters To Beat The Islamic State by:  Shane Harris September 1, 2015 Jason Reed/Reuters Deal With the Devils To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have […]

Conclusion:   Make no mistake, the Strategy is a sound document. However, a more comprehensive treatment of the full range of maritime issues would improve US engagement in the region.   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: PacNet Newsletter <> Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 1:00 AM Subject: PacNet #53 — Missed opportunities in the Pentagon’s new maritime strategy […]

European Markets Extend Losses This Morning On Weak Economic Data Out China Overnight; DOW Futures Down Nearly 400pts. As I Write This Note     All three major U.S. stock indices are down by double digits this morning, with the DOW leading the retreat, down nearly 400pts. this morning as I write this note.  Catherine […]

China And Russia Are Using Hacked Data To Target U.S. Spies; Beijing Will Use Big-Data Mining/Analytics — To ‘Connect-The-Dots’ To Uncover/Expose Operatives — Did Snowden Leak Play A Role In OPM Breach?      The title above is from an article in today’s (Aug. 31, 2015) Los Angeles Times, by Brian Bennett and W.J. Hennigan.  […] Playing Politics With Intelligence Is An Old Game With New Players Aug. 30, 2015  5 min read  original Back around 1990, when Lora Griffith was new to the CIA, some of the men who trained her had lingering chips on their shoulders.     It was bitterness over the Vietnam War and how military leaders […]