Category National Security Council

The U.S. Needs A Cyber Force More Than A Space Force

Excerpts: The U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force By James Stavridis, www.bloomberg.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 Up and away.Photo by: Photographer: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images Sadly, the proposal for a new U.S. Space Force is has become a punchline on late-night TV. It is being battered as a needless new bureaucracy, a competitor for the […]

Ex-Trump Adviser McMaster To Take On ‘Infected’ National Security Discourse

Mr. McMaster said historians often develop a deeper and more complete understanding of White House decisions than journalists who cover events in real time. That was one of the lessons he learned in writing “Dereliction of Duty,” a widely praised 1997 book that criticized President Lyndon Johnson’s national security team for not giving the White […]

Bolton: U.S. Has Plan To Dismantle North Korea Nuclear Program In Year

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “Very ambitious.   Perhaps it can be done in a year IF and only IF north Korea declares its entire program immediately, allows full access to inspectors and technical experts, and […]

Who Is Kim Yong Chol? Meet Kim Jong Un’s Ever-Present Right-Hand Man

David Maxwell Comment:  “This should be a good indication of our important is special operations, espionage, subversion, dirty tricks, propaganda and influence operations, and denial and deception are to the north Korean strategy.   In short, political warfare with Juche characteristics.”   Excerpt: Meet General Kim Yong Chol — no relation to the namesake Supreme […]

Meet The Members Of The ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ Advising John Bolton

Meet the Members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ Advising John Bolton The New York Times · by Kenneth P. Vogel WASHINGTON — In the weeks after President Trump chose John R. Bolton to be his third national security adviser in March, Mr. Bolton, a veteran of the George W. Bush State Department whose bellicose manner kept him from a high-level […]

Pence Picks Kellogg To Serve As National Security Adviser

Pence picks Kellogg to serve as national security adviser By Ken Thomas, www.stripes.com View Original April 23rd, 2018 WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has chosen retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top official with the National Security Council, to serve as his national security adviser. Pence selected Kellogg, a national security aide to President Donald […]

McMaster And Commander

A  very long; but, interesting  read Conclusion: McMaster will retire from the Army on June 1st. He will teach, give lectures, sit on corporate boards, and make money. Perhaps he will be haunted by his decision to remain obdurately loyal to Donald Trump. And perhaps he will write another book—one that interrogates his own calibration […]

John Bolton Names Mira Ricardel As Deputy National Security Adviser

John Bolton Names Mira Ricardel as Deputy National Security Adviser Ricardel, a former Boeing executive, advised the Trump transition team on defense issues in late 2016 and early 2017 https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-bolton-names-mira-ricardel-as-deputy-national-security-adviser-1524262988?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1 Mira Ricardel during her confirmation hearing last May to be undersecretary. of commerce in Washington. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Friday picked her to […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]

H.R. McMaster Delivers A Parting Shot To Russia As He Prepares To Bow Out As National Security Adviser

Excerpts:   McMaster noted the measures taken by the Trump administration against Russia: the expulsion of 60 diplomats last week, calling out of the Russian government for malicious cyber intrusions that targeted U.S. critical infrastructure and increasing funding for the European Defense Initiative, which finances U.S. and allied military forces in Europe, to deter Russian […]