Category Special Operations

The OSS, 9/11 & Gina Haspel: Intelligence Under Fire

The OSS, 9/11 & Gina Haspel: Intelligence Under Fire thecipherbrief.com · by Alex Bolling Alex Bolling Former CIA Chief of Station Just weeks after the attacks of 9/11, a flatbed truck was parked unceremoniously in the tree-lined fire lane next to the CIA’s New Headquarters Building, surrounded by furious activity. The team was packing gear on shipping […]

The {Cyber} Guns Of August

Quite a conclusion here: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” [31] the professor wryly replied. “Who really benefits from secure computers?” he said with a morose smile. “Consumers get less expensive systems and software with more features, companies are able to sell […]

British Intelligence: Yes, Russian Spy Was Poisoned By Kremlin; Poisoned Spy Is A Warning To The West

http://observer.com/2018/04/british-spies-have-evidence-that-russia-poisoned-sergei-skripal/ OPINION British Intelligence: Yes, Russian Spy Was Poisoned by Kremlin By John R. Schindler • 04/10/18 1:39pm · Russian President Vladimir Putin. ANATOLY MALTSEV/AFP/Getty Images When the histories of Cold War 2.0 are written, the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal on March 4 of this year will appear as a turning point. With that act of madcap aggression, unleashing a […]

Meet The New Robot Army: Intelligent Machines That Could Usher In A New Era Of Autonomous Warfare Are Already Here

Meet the New Robot Army Intelligent machines that could usher in an era of autonomous warfare are already here https://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-the-new-robot-army-1523455200 ILLUSTRATION: ALEXANDER WELLS By Paul Scharre April 11, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET 27 COMMENTS In contemporary sci-fi—HBO’s “Westworld,” for example—sentient machines take up arms against humanity. In the real world, intelligent—and increasingly autonomous—robots are being created with […]

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’?

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’? By Franz-stefan Gady, thediplomat.com View Original April 6th, 2018 In August 2014, I interviewed a group of shell-shocked Christian refugees from the town of Qarakosh — then, the largest Christian city of Iraq — in a makeshift refugee camp in Erbil following their harrowing escape from the terror group Islamic […]

North Korea Imprisoning More Youth For Viewing Foreign Media

The strategy appears to be part of wider plan by the regime to mold the youth of the country into future supporters of the dictatorship. Fearing that foreign media will erode the “ideological purity” of the youth and lead them to someday oppose the government, the authorities are allegedly attempting to instill paranoia in the […]

The Philippines: Islamic State’s Next Stronghold?

The Philippines: Islamic State’s next stronghold? The Hill · by Sharyl Attkisson, opinioon contributor · March 24, 2018 You may have heard we’ve met with great success in the past year in crushing ISIS in the Mideast. But it turns out that knocking them down in one spot means their battle-hardened fighters are showing up in surprising, new […]

Soldier In Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned Of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff, www.nytimes.com View Original March 19th, 2018 WASHINGTON — The leader of an ill-fated team of American soldiers in Niger last fall warned before the mission that his troops did not have the equipment or intelligence necessary to carry out a kill-or-capture raid […]

China Arms Smuggling Into Bangladesh

Delhi & Dhaka go into huddle as boat carrying ‘Chinese Arms’ seized in Bangladesh By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ET Bureau| Mar 19, 2018, 07.20 AM IST Officials suspect that these arms are also meant to disturb India’s northeastern states which have witnessed peace since the Sheikh Hasina government handed over all insurgent leaders hiding in her […]

How Trump Could Give The Pentagon A McMaster Problem

How Trump could give the Pentagon a McMaster problem By Bryan Bender, Wesley Morgan, www.politico.com View Original March 17th, 2018 The growing expectation that President Donald Trump is going to force out Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser raises a quandary: would the Army take him back? Like his precarious position in the White House over […]