Category Improvised Explosive Device

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses A Dilemma For The U.S.

The adversary gets a vote.  David Maxwell’s observation in blue below also relevant. David Maxwell:  Multiple dilemmas are posed by this development.   Excerpts: With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who described internal Pentagon data on the condition […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

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. […]

Changing Calculus And Learning From Our Enemies

Excerpts: Again, it is helpful for to compare these worrying advances with the successful attack on Keating in 2009. Despite the technological superiority of their opponent, the Taliban used basic weapons, tactics, and technologies that had not changed substantially from similar attacks on Soviet forces in the same region decades earlier—probably because their dominance in […]

The Israeli Secret Commando Operation That Discovered ISIS Could Turn Laptops Into Bombs; Leading To Temporarily Banning These Devices From U.S. Airlines

The Israeli Secret Commando Operation That Discovered ISIS Could Turn Laptops Into Bombs; Leading To Temporarily Banning These Devices From U.S. Airlines http://www.fortunascorner.com      Charlie Moore posted an online article, November 23, 2017 on the website of the DailyMail.com, revealing details of a “classified Israeli intelligence/commando operation, that led to the banning of carry-on laptops on […]

An Expert On Warfare Examines Centuries Of Evolving Mayhem

Excerpts: Freedman is eclectically curious not merely about the predictions of generals, spooks and nuclear strategists, but also novelists, from Arthur Conan Doyle — who in 1914 wrote a prescient potboiler about German submarines sinking British civilian ships — to a chilling 1958 novel of nuclear annihilation that became the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s film […]

Las Vegas: America’s Mumbai – Modern War Institute

America’s Mumbai – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by John Spencer · October 17, 2017 It will take months, possibly years, to fully understand how the senseless attack in Las Vegas will change American society. Hotels are considering metal detectors, X-ray screening of guest luggage, and mandatory room checks. Some are even questioning whether open-air concerts and festivals should be organized anymore. We […]

Britain Is ‘Home To 35,000 Islamist Fanatics,’ More Than Any Other Country In Europe, — ‘ISIS Fanatics Will Attempt Cyber Attack On Nuclear Power Stations Or Air Traffic Control Systems Within Next Five Years,’ Says EU Anti-Terror Chief

Britain Is ‘Home To 35,000 Islamist Fanatics,’ More Than Any Other Country In Europe, — ‘ISIS Fanatics Will Attempt Cyber Attack On Nuclear Power Stations Or Air Traffic Control Systems Within Next Five Years,’ Says EU Anti-Terror Chief   www.fortunascorner.com         London’s The Telegraph reports in their August 31, 2017 edition that the U.K. is […]

Houthis Wage Non-Traditional War In Bab al-Mandab Fueled Booby-Trapped Boats

https://english.aawsat.com/bandar-alqahtani/news-middle-east/houthis-wage-non-traditional-war-bab-al-mandab-fueled-booby-trapped-boats Houthis Wage Non-Traditional War In Bab al-Mandab Fueled Booby-Trapped Boats BADR AL-QAHTANIJuly 7, 2017, 7:19 am 644 Pro-government Yemeni forces patrol a coastline along the Bab al-Mandab strait. (AFP) Powered By VidMatic London – Even the producers of the Johnny Depp-helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise have not reached the heights of criminal imagination […]