Category National Security Council

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 […]

Behind The Chaos: Office That Vets Trump Appointees Plagued By Inexperience

Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience By Robert O’harrow Jr., Shawn Boburg, www.washingtonpost.com View Original March 30th, 2018 White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, White House personnel director Johnny DeStefano, and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg follow President Trump as they […]

At The Pentagon, Theories Abound As To Why H.R. McMaster Didn’t Get A Fourth Star

The comment highlighted in blue 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:  “I do believe that HR was scheduled to retire in the summer of 2017 until he was asked to serve as the NSA.  I would have thought […]

Third Phase Of Nunes’ Investigation Will Focus On Obama CIA Dir. John Brennan

Report: Third Phase of Nunes’ Investigation Will Focus on Obama CIA Director John Brennan REUTERS/Yuri Gripas by Kristina Wong 13 Feb 2018     House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) is next planning to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the unverified dossier on Trump, according to a new […]