Monthly Archives: February 2016

Obama’s Security Clearance Overhaul Lands With A Thud Before Lawmakers: ‘Window Dressing On A Broken Home’

Obama’s Security Clearance Overhaul Lands With A Thud Before Lawmakers:  ‘Window Dressing On A Broken Home’ www.fortunascorner.com       Eric Katz, writes on the February 28. 2016 edition of the website, DefenseOne.com, that “the Obama administration’s creation of a new federal entity to conduct [security clearance] background investigations ‘appears to be just window dressing on […]

Largest Dam In Iraq ‘At Risk Of Catastrophic Failure’

Mosul Dam, which is currently protected by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. First Published: 2016-02-29 Largest dam in Iraq ‘at risk of catastrophic failure’ U.S. Embassy in Iraq releases evacuation recommendations that could help save up to 1.5 million lives at risk from failure of Mosul Dam. Middle East Online Prompt evacuation offers most effective tool to […]

Syrian Peace Plan: U.S. Seethes At Its Humiliation By Russia

Russia Insider www.russia-insider.com February 29, 2016 Syrian Peace Plan: U.S. Seethes At Its Humiliation By Russia Public comments confirm reports of furious rows and recriminations between US officials at the way Russia has outplayed US in Syria By Alexander Mercouris A very well sourced article, which has recently appeared in The Wall Street Journal (attached […]

Trump Being Advised By Ex-U.S. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn – Who Favors Closer Russia Ties

Reuters February 26, 2016 Trump Being Advised By Ex-U.S. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn – Who Favors Closer Russia Ties BY MARK HOSENBALL AND STEVE HOLLAND‎Donald Trump is receiving foreign policy advice from a former U.S. military intelligence chief who wants the United States to work more closely with Russia to resolve global security issues, according […]

What’s Wrong (and Right) With The CIA?

HOME EXPERT COMMENTARY What’s Wrong (and Right) With The CIA? FEBRUARY 28, 2016 | MICHAEL MORELL HTTP://THECIPHERBRIEF.COM/ ARTICLE/NORTH-AMERICA/WHAT%E2% 80%99S-WRONG-AND-RIGHT-CIA  MICHAEL MORELL FORMER ACTING DIRECTOR, CIA A Candid Conversation with former Acting Director Michael Morell Michael Morell, the former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA and the author of the New York Times best […]

South China Sea: Beijing Is Winning, But Here’s How To Retake The Initiative

A perspective from Australia. Excerpt:   Balancing strategies stress building greater relative power, usually military. A state can then threaten or employ violence to dissuade an adversary from taking unwanted actions. An example is Vietnam, which is modernising its naval and air forces, improving its paramilitary forces (Coast Guard and Fishing Patrol Agency), purposefully strengthening relationships with India, Russia, Japan and the US, […]

Apple’s Rotten Core: CEO Tim Cook’s Case For Not Aiding The FBI’s Anti-Terror Effort Looks Worse Than Ever

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL INFORMATION AGE Apple’s Rotten Core CEO Tim Cook’s case for not aiding the FBI’s antiterror effort looks worse than ever. By L. GORDON CROVITZ Feb. 28, 2016 4:58 p.m. ET By refusing to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by a dead terrorist, Apple succeeded in shifting the debate over privacy and […]

China’s Military Is Prepared ‘To Defend Sovereignty’ In South China Sea: Military Chief

Surprise, surprise.  Beijing has its own Asia/Pacific Pivot.  RCP http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1918436/chinas-military-prepared-defend-sovereignty-south-china?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=edm&utm_content=20160229&utm_campaign=scmp_today China’s Military Is Prepared ‘To Defend Sovereignty’ In South China Sea: Military Chief PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 February, 2016, 9:19pm UPDATED : Sunday, 28 February, 2016, 9:26pm Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com ·         · Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army navy patrol near a sign in the […]

How Not To Get Hacked — According To Expert Hackers: Keeping Cyber Thieves Out Of Your Mainframe

How Not To Get Hacked  — According To Expert Hackers:  Keeping Cyber Thieves Out Of Your Mainframe www.fortunascorner.com      Kevin Roose writing in the February 27, 2016 website, DIGG, has an interesting, and practical article about how to significantly reduce the chances that you become the unfortunate victim of savvy and malicious hackers.  In […]

Stocks Close Out Last Full Trading Week Up +1 Percent; But, Red Flags Are Waving; The Safest Stocks In Cyber Security

Stocks Close Out Last Full Trading Week Up +1 Percent; But, Red Flags Are Waving; The Safest Stocks In Cyber Security www.fortunascorner.com      It was a good week for the Bulls, as stocks in the U.S. had their first consecutive week of gains in 2016; but, volume was light.  The DOW rose nearly 250 […]