Monthly Archives: June 2017

House Appropriations Committee FY18 DoD Bill

HASCFY18NDAA At the link above is all 351 pages/House Appropriations Committee FY18 DoD Bill.  RCP

How North Korea Could Go To War

How North Korea Could Go To War by Robert Farley  nationalinterest.org · June 29, 2017 The most intense period of fighting in Korea ended some 62 years ago, but the divide across the Peninsula remains the world’s most visible legacy of the Cold War. While the Republic of Korea (ROK) has become economically successful and democratic, North Korea […]

Adapt Special Operations Principles To Cyber

Comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell, and his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP, fortunascorner   David Maxwell:  These are truths (not principles) and were authored by COL (R) John Collins not MG Shachnow (with all due respect to him). The story can be found here: smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/148-collins.pdf Adapt […]

House Lawmakers Demand Accountability Review For U.S. Special Operations Forces

House Lawmakers Demand Accountability Review For U.S. Special Operations Forces By Carlo Muñoz, www.washingtontimes.com View Original June 28th, 2017 House defense lawmakers are demanding U.S. special operations command and the head of the Pentagon’s special operations directorate conduct an accountability review of the military’s elite units, amid reports of heavy drug abuse within the teams. The legislative […]

FBI Questions U.S. Workers Of Russian Cyber Security Firm Kaspersky Lab

https://www.rferl.org/a/fbi-kaspersky-lab-russia-cybersecurity/28584605.html FBI Questions U.S. Workers Of Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky Lab  June 28, 2017 19:27 GMT ·        RFE/RL Kaspersky Lab said in a statement that it is being “accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations.” The FBI has interviewed several U.S.-based employees of the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab as part of […]

Russian Hand In This Week’s Cyber Pandemic? Petya Ransomware May Be Linked To Russia

https://www.wired.com/story/petya-ransomware-ukraine/ PETYA RANSOMWARE EPIDEMIC MAY BE SPILLOVER FROM CYBERWAR Ukrainian flag on Independence Square in Kiev. SERGEI SUPINSKY/GETTY IMAGES WHEN A RANSOMWARE outbreak exploded from Ukraineacross Europe yesterday, disrupting companies, government agencies, and critical infrastructure, it at first appeared to be just another profit-focused cybercriminal scheme—albeit a particularly vicious and damaging one. But its origins in Ukraine […]

The Qatar Crisis And China

ttps://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/qatar-crisis-china/ The Qatar Crisis And China By Roie YellinekJune 29, 2017 FacebookTwitterPrintEmailMore69 Qatari and Chinese aircraft, photo by Ken Fielding via Flickr CC BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 513, June 29, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and several other Sunni Muslim countries suspended their relationships with Qatar, creating one […]

Schumer Uses Senate Rule To Scuttle Meeting On ‘Unmasking’ By Obama Officials

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/28/chuck-schumer-uses-senate-rule-delay-intel-meeting/ Schumer Uses Senate Rule To Scuttle Meeting On ‘Unmasking’ By Obama Officials Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks to reporters after GOP leadership announce they are delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) more > By Andrea Noble and Dan Boylan – […]

China Deploys Elite Brigades Near North Korean Border

Excerpt: This could be critical in a wartime situation involving North Korea, as discussed in the Sina article. Missions to quickly and reliably secure or destroy Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic arsenal–while perhaps fighting a large-scale conventional war–would be essential for China to ensure the safety of its major cities, many of which are well within […]

Senate Unveils $700B Defense Authorization Plan

Senate Unveils $700B Defense Authorization Plan By: Leo Shane III, June 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP) WASHINGTON — Senate lawmakers introduced a $700 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday that sets the stage for another financial showdown with House budget planners and White House officials over the right target for national defense planning. The […]