Category Saudi Arabia

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 […]

Russia By Cyber, North Korea By Nuke: A New Batch Of Grim Warnings From U.S. Intel

Russia by Cyber, North Korea by Nuke: A New Batch of Grim Warnings from US Intel thecipherbrief.com · by | The Cipher Brief Staff · February 14, 2018 Questioning on Russian election interference and how the Trump White House handles staff clearances dominated the worldwide threat hearing Tuesday, as the Senate intelligence committee grilled leaders of the FBI, […]

The Long Shadow Of A.Q. Khan: How One Scientist Helped The World Go Nuclear

As one of my blog followers put it: “It is interesting to note that the Council on Foreign Relations article below identifies Benazir Buhtto as the key figure in enabling the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network to work.  Nevertheless, Ms. Buhtto is lionized at Harvard.”  Just saying……   https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2018-01-31/long-shadow-aq-khan?cid=otr-press_note-long_shadow_of_khan-020118 January 31, 2018 The Long Shadow […]

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. […]

The Pentagon’s Smart Plan For Preventing An Islamic State Comeback

The Pentagon’s smart plan for preventing an Islamic State comeback By Editorial Board, www.chicagotribune.com View Original January 16th, 2018 Raqqa in northern Syria is a broken city in the midst of a long, arduous rebuild. But it’s no longer the nerve center for the Islamic State’s mission of carnage. Syrians, the U.S., Europe and the rest of […]

Cyberweapons Now A ‘Core Tool’ Of Iranian Statecraft

One wonders how much Iran cyber efforts were enhanced/accelerated due to the Snowden leaks and sharing/working with North Korea.  RCP, fortunascorner.com   https://www.rferl.org/a/carnegie-report-iran-cyberweapons-core-tool-statecraft/28957033.html?ltflags=mailer Cyberweapons Now A ‘Core Tool’ Of Iranian Statecraft January 05, 2018 16:10 GMT ·        RFE/RL An Iranian man in Tehran finds that his social-media sites aren’t working on January 2 after the government […]

Will The Protests In Iran Lead To Regime Change?  What Happens Next?  According To At Least One Notable Analysis — ‘The Iran Protests Are D-Day Landing On The War Against Radical Islam’

Will The Protests In Iran Lead To Regime Change?  What Happens Next?  According To At Least One Notable Analysis — ‘The Iran Protests Are D-Day Landing On The War Against Radical Islam’   www.fortunascorner.com          How serious are the protests and social uprising in Iran?  Is this the beginning of the end of […]

How Trump Could Kill The Iran Nuclear Deal In January

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/28/trump-kill-iran-nuclear-deal-260860 DEFENSE How Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal in January The president will soon face a series of deadlines during which he could deliver on a campaign promise to rip up the 2015 agreement. By MICHAEL CROWLEY 12/28/2017 05:01 AM EST When President Donald Trump last publicly addressed the status of the Iran agreement, […]

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 U.S. & Israel Signed A Secret , Far-Reaching — Memorandum Of Understanding — On December 12, 2017 Aimed At Thwarting Iran’s Nuclear & Ballistic Missile Progress 

The U.S. & Israel Signed A Secret , Far-Reaching — Memorandum Of Understanding — On December 12, 2017 Aimed At Thwarting Iran’s Nuclear & Ballistic Missile Progress    www.fortunascorner.com      The December 28, 2017 edition of the Times of Israel (ToI) is reporting that the U.S. and Israel concluded a Secret agreement aimed at thwarting, and […]