Monthly Archives: February 2018

Can Anyone Stop Kim From Helping Assad Restock His Poison Arsenal?

Can Anyone Stop Kim From Helping Assad Restock His Poison Arsenal? By Lyne Lucien, www.thedailybeast.com View Original February 27th, 2018 North Korea is reportedly helping Syria to rebuild its chemical-weapons stockpile, four years after Damascus claimed it had handed over all such munitions to a U.S.-led mission. A panel of U.N. experts has accused North Korea of selling components […]

10 Can’t Miss Talks At Black Hat Asia; And Some Topics Not Mentioned – But, I Sure Hope Some Of The Attendees Are Thinking About Them

10 Can’t Miss Talks At Black Hat Asia; And Some Topics Not Mentioned – But, I Sure Hope Some Of The Attendees Are Thinking About Them   www.fortunascorner.com      Kelly Sheridan posted a February 23, 2018 article to the security technology website, DarkReading.com, with the title above.  “With threats featuring everything from nation-states, to sleep-states, the sessions […]

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack On Heavy Water That Deprived The Nazis Of The Atomic Bomb

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb Scientific American · by Timothy J. Jorgensen,The Conversation US · February 23, 2018 The Nazi atomic effort relied on work done in this remote lab. Credit: Wikimedia(CC BY 2.0) The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest […]

The Military Is Relying Too Heavily On Special Ops Forces. Mattis Must End That.

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “Let’s use the right force for the right mission.  We could probably do with a review of the late LTG Sam Wilson’s writing on special operations their principles, characteristics, and […]

No Facebook Or Twitter? You’re Probably A Spy.

No Facebook or Twitter? You’re Probably a Spy. thecipherbrief.com · by | Levi Maxey · February 27, 2018 Bottom Line: A spy’s tradecraft must constantly evolve because of the rapid changes of the digital age – especially the tools and skills required to maintain a legend, or cover identity. Virtual recordkeeping, modern surveillance technology and the vast amounts of a […]

Saudi Monarch Replaces Military Brass, Launching Defense Revamp: Strengthening Armed Forces As Yemen War Drags On

https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-monarch-replaces-military-brass-launching-defense-revamp-1519760547 Saudi Monarch Replaces Military Brass, Launching Defense Revamp Crown Prince Mohammed leads overhaul aimed at strengthening armed forces as Yemen war drags on Saudi Arabia is moving to address military shortcomings exposed by its war in Yemen. Here, Saudi air force cadets hold copies of the Quran during a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, in […]

The Dark Web Is Even Bigger Than Previously Thought:  3,000 Data Bases With 200 Million Unique Accounts Found; And Cyber Villains…Harder To Identify

The Dark Web Is Even Bigger Than Previously Thought:  3,000 Data Bases With 200 Million Unique Accounts Found; And Cyber Villains…Harder To Identify www.fortunascorner.com      A writer who goes by the ‘handle’ Wagas, posted a February 23, 2018 article to the security/technology website, HackRead.com, about the ever-expanding Dark Web.  As Wagas notes, “the Dark Web is a strange place, […]

North Korean ICBM Design Shows External Influence

The four page summary document from Jane’s can be accessed here:   http://www.janes.com/images/assets/014/78014/2_North_Korean_ICBM_design_shows_external_influence.pdf North Korean ICBM design shows external influence North Korea’s ballistic missile programme made unprecedented advances during the course of 2017. Markus Schiller and Nick Hansen examine the new Hwaseong-15 and determine that it is evidence of external support to North Korea’s missile development. […]

U.S. Cyber Command: “When Faced With A Bully…Hit Him Harder.”

US Cyber Command: “When faced with a bully…hit him harder.” thecipherbrief.com Jason HealeySenior Research Scholar, Columbia University In Washington, there may be division and confusion about how to deal with Russian cyber-based interference. But 25 miles north, at Fort Meade, home of U.S. Cyber Command, they are angry and ready. Cyber Command’s new strategy demands […]

USS Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier Sails Through South China Sea In Defiance Of China

USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier sails through South China Sea in defiance of China By South-east Asia, www.abc.net.au View Original February 26th, 2018 Photo: A crew member on board the flight deck of the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.Photo by: ABC News: Adam Harvey Related Story: China says Australia disrupting ‘stability and peace’ […]