Category Covert OIperations

Defense Strategy And The Iron Triangle Of Painful Tradeoffs

Excerpts: unavoidable iron triangle of painful tradeoffs (hereafter ITPT)   A defense strategy is an approach that ties together the goals, approaches, and resources (people, technology, dollars, etc.) that can best advance priority interests by exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges. It must account for, and in some cases seek to shape, a complex and dynamic […]

Russia Has Developed A Cyber Weapon That Can Disrupt Power Grids, According To New Research

     A little late to the party on this one.  And, Russia is not the only Tier 1 nation-state that has developed an offensive cyber weapon capability that can do this kind of damage.  One unanswered question is when do we expect that cyber mafia’s, cyber ‘patriot’ groups, terrorists, and rouge states will develop, […]

This Is How Chinese Spying Inside The U.S. Government Really Works

This Is How Chinese Spying Inside The U.S. Government Really Works by Peter Mattis nationalinterest.org · June 11, 2017 The Department of Justice on March 29 unsealed a criminal complaint against Candace Claiborne, an office-management specialist with the U.S. Department of State, who is now facing charges related to concealing a relationship with Chinese intelligence. The extended fifty-nine-page affidavit catalogues […]

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran And North Korea, Are A Disappointment Against ISIS

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran And North Korea, Are A Disappointment Against ISIS By Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger, www.nytimes.com View Original June 12th, 2017 National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. Operation Glowing Symphony, launched against the Islamic State, was initially deemed a success because battlefield videos disappeared, but the results were temporary. Credit Jim Lo […]

DIA Chief Fears Agency Becoming Irrelevant — But, LTG. Stewart’s Remarks Are Reflective Of A Much Larger Cascade Of Difficult Issues Confronting The Intelligence Community; What The IC Needs To Do To Avoid……Its Kodak Moment

DIA Chief Fears Agency Becoming Irrelevant — But, LTG. Stewart’s Remarks Are Reflective Of A Much Larger Cascade Of Difficult Issues Confronting The Intelligence Community; What The IC Needs To Do To Avoid……Its Kodak Moment www.fortunascorner,com      That’s the title of Stew Magnuson’s June 8, 2017 article on the Real Clear Defense website.  Mr. […]

Israel Planned An Atomic Detonation In The Egyptian Sinai If Their Political/Military Leadership Felt The Arabs Might Prevail In The 1967 Six-Day War; Might North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Plan A Similar Atomic Operation — Should He Believe U.S./South Korean Forces Were About To Defeat His Military?

Israel Planned An Atomic Detonation In The Egyptian Sinai If Their Political/Military Leadership Felt The Arabs Might Prevail In The 1967 Six-Day War; Might North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Plan A Similar Atomic Operation — Should He Believe U.S./South Korean Forces Were About To Defeat His Military?   www.forrtunascorner.com        Today’s (June 3, 2017) […]

U.S. Options To Develop A Cyberspace Influence Capability

  Options are one thing.  Actually doing one, or any of them is another matter.  Will the civil libertarians, the lawyers, Congress, and the so-called  mainstream media allow it?  We have tried comparable influence-type activities over the past decades, only to have our hand slapped and told to shut these kind of efforts down.  Will […]

Japanese Scholar Weighs In On How To Deter North Korea

Excerpts: Given all this, how should the United States and its allies respond? Although the seriousness of the conversation is different in Japan and South Korea, one option is nuclear-arming, or the introduction of nuclear weapons by the United States. However, it would seem to be premature to conclude that Japan and South Korea need […]

My Father Was a Spy Who Helped Keep The Cold War From Heating Up

My Father Was a Spy Who Helped Keep The Cold War From Heating Up The Daily Beast · by Eva Dillon · May 20, 2017 As we enter into a murky new Cold War 2.0 with Russia, his story has lessons for us about the human cost of conflict. Former CIA chief of the Counterintelligence Center Gus Hathaway […]

‘China Began Systematically Dismantling’ CIA Operations Inside The Country In 2010; Killing/Imprisoning Sources & Severely Crippling Sensitive HUMINT Operations

Two years into Obama’s term, was when these discoveries and executions began.  And, it is clear that Beijing did not fear, nor anticipate any reaction from the Obama White House.  There are those of course who disagree; but, China had sized up this (Obama) POTUS and his national security team and found them wanting.  Washington […]