Meet the Members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ Advising John Bolton The New York Times · by Kenneth P. Vogel WASHINGTON — In the weeks after President Trump chose John R. Bolton to be his third national security adviser in March, Mr. Bolton, a veteran of the George W. Bush State Department whose bellicose manner kept him from a high-level […]

David Maxwell Comment:  The transcript is below and you can hear the speech at the link.  Well worth the read or listen.   Excerpts: I would observe that the nature of warfare is changing to something that is broader than previously. It is becoming more strategic and increasing features continuous full spectrum competition and confrontation […]

Photo Of The Pentagon’s Shadowy Special Operations Mothership Emerges · by Tyler Rogoway · May 18, 2018 Nearly half a decade ago, U.S. Special Operations Command with the help of U.S. Military Sealift Command began the task of quietly turning a modern roll-on, roll-off cargo ship into a highly customized, mobile special operations mothership and sea base. […]

Despite Recent Price Drop, Bitcoin Gets Vote Of Confidence; How To Play China Now      Avi Salzman had a full-page article in this weekend’s (May 21, 2018) Barron’s, “Despite Recent Price Drop, Bitcoin Gets Vote Of Confidence.”  “Bitcoin has plunged 58 percent from its December highs, Warren Buffet has compared it to rat poison, and […]

Excerpts: True, this glimpse of Pyongyang’s denuclearization game plan is now five years old—and the North’s nuclear capabilities have advanced significantly in the meantime. More recent efforts to discuss that plan again in private with them have failed, perhaps because the North Koreans were anticipating discussions with the Trump administration and did not want to […]

New clues bolster belief that ISIS leader is still alive — and busy with a chilling new mission By Joby Warrick, Souad Mekhennet, View Original May 19th, 2018 In this photo taken from a propaganda video, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi adresses worshipers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul on July 5, 2014.Photo by: […]

China Lands Most Advanced Bomber/H-6K On Artificial Islands In South China Sea For The First Time      It has only been a few days since Seth Cropsey’s thoughtful and compelling Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal about the strategic importance of a strong navy — as a way to deter foes and, protect one’s national […]

Excerpts “Without a sound strategy, the most brilliant generals, the most well-equipped troops, the most high-tech equipment, fine tactics — none of that works unless your strategy, your framework for what you’re doing, can actually tie ways and means together,” Mr. Mattis said in a recent speech.   …   “We pull into one of […]

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  Is embedding a small team in each BCT the right way to go?  Are we treating them just as do other “enablers?” Are we using old think […]

Chinese spies promised to take care of ex-CIA officer for life, prosecutors say By Rachel Weiner, View Original May 18th, 2018 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Chinese spies promised to take care of a former CIA officer for life if he handed over information on clandestine activities in their country, federal prosecutors say. Defendant Jerry Chun Shing Lee, […]