Category Africa

‘China’s Gift To Africa’: How Beijing Spied On The African Union Via Donated Computers

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2018/02/17/chinas-gift-africa-china-spied-african-union-via-donated-computers/ ‘China’s gift to Africa’: How China spied on the African Union via donated computers iAfrikan News 9 hours ago For a period of 5 years, China continued to spy on all electronic communications at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Chinese spy operation continued throughout this period without being detected until some […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

POTUS Seeks 11 Percent SOCOM Budget Increase

Excerpt:   One of the largest proposed increases is in SOCom’s procurement budget, which would jump nearly 40 percent to $3.1 billion.   The request, however, would see a 6.5 percent decrease in the amount of money spent on research, development, testing and evaluation, to $602 million. The President’s proposal also calls for a 45 […]

China To Build More Naval Bases To Augment The Maritime Part Of Their Belt-And-Road Strategy

More support bases to be built to assist PLA Navy: analyst By Yang Sheng Global Times 2018/2/12 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1089427.shtml It is reasonable and necessary for China to strengthen its maritime power as it is becoming stronger, Chinese experts said after People’s Daily published three articles on a whole page to emphasize the importance of building China […]

Inquiry Of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions

Inquiry of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions By Thomas Gibbons-neff,  Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, www.nytimes.com View Original February 10th, 2018 Army soldiers carry the coffin of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Ga., who was killed by extremists in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. A Pentagon investigation has recommended scaling back West Africa missions like the […]

The Reviews Are In: Here’s What Experts Are Saying About Jim Mattis’ New Strategy

The reviews are in: Here’s what experts are saying about Jim Mattis’ new strategy Washington Examiner · by Politics · January 19, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released the new National Defense Strategy on Friday, a mostly classified document with a public portion that moves away from anti-terrorism as the top mission and focuses on peer competitors Russia and China. […]

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, And Pink Flamingoes To Watch In 2018

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingoes to Watch in 2018 mwi.usma.edu View Original December 28th, 2017 While driving along the shore of Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island in September 2011, I saw them for the first time. Black Swans. My wife and I pulled over, jumped out, and spent a half […]

The Future of Conflict: Third Time Around : Global Brief – By Former Dep. CIA Dir.

The Future of Conflict: Third Time Around : Global Brief by John E. McLaughlin  globalbrief.ca The former CIA head revisits his predictions from 2009 and 2014, and projects forward to 2022 For the third time since the inaugural issue of GB in 2009, I will try to look ahead five years to estimate the future of conflict. […]

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day By Yusuf Sayman, www.buzzfeed.com View Original December 19th, 2017 SANLIURFA, Turkey — A notorious Australian jihadi left the ISIS caliphate this summer and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. With him was a well-connected Syrian doctor who’d overseen medical facilities in the ISIS capital of Raqqa. […]

U.S. Gen. Reins In Special Operations Forces In Africa After Niger Deaths And Daily Beast Investigations

Excerpt: For the time being, the SOCAFRICA-wide letter sent by Maj. Gen. Hicks suggests that across the continent U.S. forces under his command will be dialing back special operations in countries like Somalia. “I have and will always backed you up [sic], but I cannot afford to be wrong about how well we conduct operations,” […]