Monthly Archives: April 2013

Iran Setting Up New Arms Smuggling Route To Gaza Via Sudan? Is Iran trying to set up a new arms smuggling route to Gaza from Sudan? By Con Coughlin World Last updated: April 27th, 2013 Following this week’s revelation by Canadian officials that two suspects detained over a plot to blow up a passenger train had links to an al-Qaeda cell based in Iran, I […]

Chicago PMI Disappoints; ECB Rate Cut?; S.K.; ROVI Stock

Chicago PMI For April Shows Signs Economic Contraction/Weakness If you were somehow convinced that the Federal Reserve was going to taper off QE later this year, — you got another wakeup call today. Chicago PMI for April came in at 49 (anything below 50 is considered economic contraction) vs. forecasts of 52.5. With other signs […]

U.S. Concerned With U.K. Plan To Outsource Def. Acquisition Oversight

U.S. AT&L Next? US Has Concerns with UK Plan to Outsource Acquisition Oversight Apr. 29, 2013 – 05:12PM | By DEFENSE NEWS STAFF | WASHINGTON AND LONDON — The US Defense Department is expressing concern over a UK initiative to consider outsourcing management of its defense procurement and support operations, roles traditionally filled by government […]

When The Intelligence Community Abandons Commercial Imagery

The PRC benefits. Incredible. Pentagon Using China Satellite for U.S.-Africa Command By Tony Capaccio – Apr 29, 2013 7:00 PM ET A U.S. lawmaker is questioning the Pentagon’s decision to use a Chinese commercial satellite to provide communications for its Africa Command. Use of China’s Apstar-7 satellite was leased because it provided “unique bandwidth and […]

French White Paper Tries To Reconcile Strategic Ambitions/Budget

04/29/2013 French Defense White Paper Tries To Reconcile Strategic Ambitions with Budgetary Constraints Paris in French 29 Apr 13 [Report by Nathalie Guibert: “Defense: France Plans for Tomorrow’s Wars with Reduced Ambitions”] There could be no question of proclaiming a reduction of France’s ambitions in the world. But, on account of the crisis, it […]

Congress Must Address Eroding Readiness In FY14 NDAA

April 30, 2013 Congress Must Address Eroding Readiness in FY14 NDAA By Rep. Rob Wittman The chorus of resistance may have quieted, but the deafening effect of compounding budget cuts on our military blares through the halls of the homes of men and women in uniform, the buildings of our military bases, the rings […]

Former USFK Cmdr. Speaks Out Against Giving S.K. Op Control

Former USFK commander speaks out against giving S. Korea operational control By Ashley Rowland Stars and Stripes Published: April 29, 2013 JON R. ANDERSON / S&S SEOUL — A former U.S. Forces Korea commander who argued for transferring wartime operational control of allied forces to South Korea now says that North Korea poses too […]

Duplicate DoD Programs Scrutinized

Defense Daily April 30, 2013 Duplicate DoD Programs Scrutinized Emelie Rutherford Two congressional scrutinizers of defense spending want to know what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is doing to reduce duplicative Pentagon programs. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sent Hagel a letter Monday quizzing him on how the Pentagon is responding to reports […]

Intelligence Issues For Congress: Congressional Research Service

intelligenceissuesforcongress Intelligence Issues For Congress, 2013 see PDF

The Prophets Of Oak Ridge: 2012 Pentatrion & Nuclear Issues

by Dan Zak Last summer, in the dead of night, three peace activists penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter. They face trial next week on charges that fall under the sabotage section […]