Category US Military

Aerial Photos’ Point To New Chinese Signals Hub’In The Heart Of The South China Sea

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2133678/aerial-photos-point-new-chinese-signals-hub-heart-south Aerial photos ‘point to new Chinese signals hub’ in the heart of the South China Sea Washington-based think tank says flurry of activity on Fiery Cross Reef suggests the artificial island is becoming a communications centre for Beijing to put its stamp on the area PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 February, 2018, 9:33pm UPDATED : […]

Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, freebeacon.com View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]

Achieving A 355-Ship Navy ‘Before This Decade Is Out’

  Achieving a 355-Ship Navy ‘Before This Decade Is Out’ National Review Online · by Jerry Hendrix · February 16, 2018 In 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation with a great goal: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon […]

Putin’s Pocket Army? The Rise Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria

Excerpts: But even adopting a law that, nominally, regulates a company like Wagner vastly understates the harm that would ensue. Right now, there are numerous countries around the world hosting companies that would love to have combat contracts in ongoing war zones. But to date, public sentiment and cautions on the part of various countries […]

POTUS Has Chosen Nominee To Lead NSA, U.S. Cyber Command

Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command By Associated Press, www.stripes.com View Original February 14th, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has picked U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Trump’s cyber adviser, Rob Joyce, announced the president’s pick in a […]

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 […]

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali By Alidad Vassigh, www.worldcrunch.com View Original February 12th, 2018 BANDIAGARA — The Twin Otter plane flies full speed over the battlefield, though low enough to almost scrape the tops of acacia trees. At one point its wingtips seem dangerously close to smashing into the jagged cliffs. But there’s a reason […]

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, […]

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 […]