Category Taliban

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 […]

Concerns Voiced Over ‘Hybrid Wars’ In Region – Pakistan

Concerns voiced over ‘hybrid wars’ in region By Bureau Report, View Original February 13th, 2018 PESHAWAR: Speakers at a session here on Monday expressed concerns over the ongoing ‘hybrid wars’ at the behest of superpowers in the region. “No arms, ammunition, tanks and missiles etc are used in hybrid wars by the warring parties but they […]

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 · 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, […]

POTUS Seeks 11 Percent SOCOM Budget Increase

Excerpt:   One of the largest proposed increases is in SOCom’s procurement budget, which would jump nearly 40 percent to $3.1 billion.   The request, however, would see a 6.5 percent decrease in the amount of money spent on research, development, testing and evaluation, to $602 million. The President’s proposal also calls for a 45 […]

Russian Spy Chiefs Met In Washington With CIA Director To Discuss Counterterrorism

Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with CIA director to discuss counterterrorism By Shane Harris, View Original January 31st, 2018 CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Russian intelligence officials last week. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said they couldn’t recall so many heads of Russia’s espionage and security apparatus coming to Washington at once and […]

How Accurate Is 12 Strong? The True Story Of The Real Horse Soldiers Vs The Movie

How Accurate is 12 Strong? The True Story of the Real Horse Soldiers vs the Movie View Original August 11th, 2018 Note: The ranks of the soldiers above reflect their ranks at the time of the 2001 mission, not their current ranks or their ranks when they retired. Questioning the Story:Was Mark Nutsch really […]

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. […]

Russia Is Looking To Engage With The Taliban; Here’s Why

Analysis | Russia is looking to engage with the Taliban. Here’s why. The Washington Post · by Samuel Ramani · January 15, 2018 A U.S. soldier patrols in Asad Khil village east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 17. As the Trump administration weighs whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war is in a bloody stalemate, […]

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, And Pink Flamingoes To Watch In 2018

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingoes to Watch in 2018 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 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. […]