Monthly Archives: January 2018

China’s New Network Of Indian Ocean Bases — Beijing’s ‘Belt Road Initiative’

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/01/30/chinas_new_network_of_indian_ocean_bases_112980.html?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=c0853d79ca-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-c0853d79ca-84450457 China’s New Network Of Indian Ocean Bases By David Brewster January 30, 2018 According to recent reports, China may be about to construct a naval and air base near Gwadar, in west Pakistan. This would be China’s second base in the Indian Ocean and indicate that it may be moving fast to establish a […]

Did Fake News Lose The Vietnam War? Journalists Wrongly Portrayed The Tet Offensive As A U.S. Defeat; And Never Corrected The Record

​Excerpt: But even to this day it’s difficult to find fault with Braestrup’s concluding insight: The professional obligation of journalists in a free society is to stay calm and get the story straight. It is not, as Walter Lippmann admonished, to conflate “truth” with the assembly and processing of a commodity called “news.” ​ Did […]

Beijing Plays Down South Korea’s Claims Chinese Warplanes Breached Its Air Defense Zone

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2131085/south-korea-accuses-chinese-military-plane-entering-air Beijing plays down South Korea’s claims Chinese warplanes breached its air defense zone Drills were ‘lawful and reasonable … not targeted at any specific country or region’, air force spokesman says PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 3:10pm UPDATED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 11:21pm Kristin Huang Seoul on Monday accused Beijing of infringing […]

The Pentagon Has A Cyber Policy Appointee And He’s Well Known In DoD

David Maxwell asks:  “I wonder if he wore his Fitbit to work on his first day on the job?” The Pentagon has a cyber policy appointee and he’s well known in DoD fifthdomain.com · by Mark Pomerleau · January 29, 2018 The Secretary of Defense announced Monday that Burke “Ed” Wilson has been selected to be the deputy […]

What Does Strava Data Tell Us About North Korea?

What does Strava data tell us about North Korea? By Martyn Williams, www.northkoreatech.org View Original January 29th, 2018 Strava’s heat map of user activity has been raising some eyebrows for detailing movement of people around military bases, but what does it tell us about North Korea? As you might expect, there isn’t a whole lot of activity in the […]

America’s Military Is Choking On Old Technology

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology By Leo Blanken, foreignpolicy.com View Original January 29th, 2016 A U.S. Air Force ‘Reaper’ drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016.Photo by: John Moore/Getty Images In a seminal 1958 article, Edward Katzenbach wrote about how militaries had been determined to […]

China vs America: The Espionage Story Of Our Time

China vs America: the espionage story of our time By Michael Auslin, blogs.spectator.co.uk View Original January 29th, 2018 Why aren’t spy stories sexy anymore? The revelations last year that Beijing destroyed America’s espionage ring inside China a few years ago, including executing a number of US informants, got a brief flurry of attention and then subsided beneath the waves. […]

North Korea Increasing Executions As Sanctions Strain Its Military, Top U.S. General Says

North Korea Increasing Executions As Sanctions Strain Its Military, Top U.S. General Says By John Haltiwanger, www.newsweek.com View Original North Korea is increasing executions, the top commander of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula said Monday, as the rogue state has been decreasing military exercises under strain from economic sanctions. “We’re seeing some increase in executions, mostly against […]

North Korea Increasing Executions As Sanctions Strain Its Military, Top U.S. General Says By John Haltiwanger, www.newsweek.com View Original North Korea is increasing executions, the top commander of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula said Monday, as the rogue state has been decreasing military exercises under strain from economic sanctions. “We’re seeing some increase in executions, mostly against […]

Russian Pundit Views New U.S. Defense Strategy

Rossiyskaya Gazeta January 27, 2018 Russian pundit views US new defence strategy Fyodor Lukyanov, research professor of the Higher School of Economics National Research University: Back to realism The US new defence strategy officially pushes the Pentagon into confrontation with China and Russia. It is possible that this will even make some people happy: the […]