Monthly Archives: April 2014

Former NSA Contractor/Leaker Snowden Expects To Remain In Russia

Former NSA contractor Snowden expects to remain in Russia Photo 10:12pm BST http://uk.reuters.com/article/ 2014/04/30/uk-usa-snowden- idUKKBN0DG1XE20140430 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow last year after revealing details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer, his lawyer […]

Former NSC Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ‘Rx’ For Keeping Ukraine Independent

Former NSC Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ‘Rx’ For Keeping Ukraine Independent www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Gerald Seib has an article in today’s (April 30, 2014) Wall Street Journal, “Brzezinski’s Rx For Keeping Ukraine Independent,” — based upon an interview Mr. Seib had with the former U.S. National Security Adviser (NSC). Mr. Seib makes the observation that “few are better […]

HASC Bill ‘Fully’ Supports DoD/Military Cyber Activities; Requests Details On Cyber Test Ranges; USCYBERCOM’s Offense/Defense Rules Of Engagement

HASC Bill ‘Fully’ Supports DoD/Military Cyber Activities; Requests Details on Cyber Test Ranges, USCYBERCOM’s Offense/Defense Rules Of Engagement www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com DefenseNews.com’s John Bennett reported yesterday that “a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee on Tuesday, released legislation that would require Pentagon officials to conduct several sweeping reviews of military intelligence programs. The HASC’s Intelligence, Emerging Threats […]

Ukraine Vows To Staunch [Russian] Separatism As Militant Opposition Spreads

April 30 (Bloomberg) — Ukraine’s acting president vowed to create a special police force to staunch the spread of separatism in the country’s east, vowing to overcome unrest he says is stoked by Russia and hold an election slated for May 25. Following an expansion of sanctions against people and companies linked to Vladimir Putin’s […]

How To Tell If America Will Remain A Global Superpower

Excerpts: Now opponents are capitalizing on America’s faltering will and confidence. Unconstrained by the need to develop national consensus or exhaust diplomacy and politics before using force in a variety of guises, America’s enemies befuddle us. To take one example, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, aware of the economic and political costs of openly invading Ukraine, seems […]

A [U.S.] Foreign Policy, Flirting With Chaos

A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos The most egregious case of fecklessness has been on Syria. Doubts about American dependability were raised far and wide. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303380004579524253845751062#printMode By RICHARD N. HAASS April 29, 2014 7:24 p.m. ET American foreign policy is in troubling disarray. The result is unwelcome news for the world, which largely depends upon […]

Russia’s New Generation Warfare In Ukraine: Implications For Latvian Defense Policy

David Maxwell: Informal Institute For National Security Thinkers And Practitioners dsm62@georgetown.edu Dave Maxwell: One of our students from Finland passed this on. A very timely and informative (and I think potentially very important) report from the Latvia – the National Defence Academy of Latvia and the Center for Security and Strategic Research. The PDF of […]

Hagel’s Defense Cuts A Good Idea

Hagel’s Defense Cuts: A Good Idea http://nationalinterest.org/ commentary/hagels-defense- cuts-good-idea-10361?page=show Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, Kate Blakeley | April 30, 2014 The House and Senate Armed Services Committees will take up the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA) over the next month, reviewing a $601 billion total budget request submitted by the Department […]

Lacking Hard Power; U.S. Foreign Policy Has No Credibility

THE HILL Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Obama’s Pivot to Asia will Lack Firepower by Kristina Wong The Navy will not have an aircraft carrier in the region for four months next year. President Obama’s pivot to Asia will lack a crucial military underpinning next year, when for four months, the Navy will not have an […]

Congress Wants More Control Of Special Operations ‘Iron Man Suit’

Congress Wants More Control Of Special Operations ‘Iron Man Suit’ www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Matt Cox, had an online article in yesterday’s (April 29, 2014) DefenseTech.org., with the title above. Mr. Cox writes that Congress is “tightening its control over U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) new, “Iron Man” battle-suit, expressing concerns that program officials are already mishandling the […]