Category foreign policy

Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, freebeacon.com View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]

Putin’s Pocket Army? The Rise Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria

Excerpts: But even adopting a law that, nominally, regulates a company like Wagner vastly understates the harm that would ensue. Right now, there are numerous countries around the world hosting companies that would love to have combat contracts in ongoing war zones. But to date, public sentiment and cautions on the part of various countries […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Museum Of Intelligence & Special Operations

The OSS Society is building the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia. The eight-acre site is close to Dulles International Airport. The museum will honor Americans serving at the “tip of the spear.” It will educate the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation […]

North Korea Vows To Step Up Nuclear Posture Against U.S.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2018/02/10/0401000000AEN20180210003200315.html N. Korea vows to step up nuclear posture against U.S. 2018/02/10 15:31 Article View Option SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Saturday that it will further reinforce its nuclear deterrence against the United States in response to Washington’s renewed nuclear commitment to its allies. Pyongyang’s Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, a state agency in […]

NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account To Communicate With Foreign Spies

NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account to Communicate With Foreign Spies By Matt Novak, gizmodo.com View Original February 10th, 2018 During the first Cold War, American and British spies would sometimes place coded messages in newspaper classified ads to communicate with each other. And depending on how you interpret a new report in the New […]

U.S. POTUS Trump’s Plan For 5G Network Is Misguided And Counterproductive

As one of my followers put it, “Beijing does not like the direction of U.S. policy.   http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2132807/us-president-donald-trumps-plan-5g-network-misguided-and?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180210&utm_campaign=scmp_today&aid=190131336&sc_src=email_2150831&sc_llid=11764&sc_lid=149055083&sc_uid=vg2B67MeDE&utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email US President Donald Trump’s plan for 5G network is misguided and counterproductive The US tech sector is famous for being competitive and for its free flow of ideas and talent, free of government interference. The president’s plan […]

The Weirdest—And Possibly Best—Proposal To Resolve The North Korea Crisis

Excerpts: Lyle Goldstein’s idea—which he mentions briefly in his 2015 book, Meeting China Halfway, and has elaborated on since—is different. Instead of U.S. troops leaving the South, small numbers of Chinese and perhaps Russian troops would, with Pyongyang’s permission, deploy in the North.   There’s little chance these forces would embolden Kim Jong Un. To […]