The comments highlighted in blue below are/by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  I suppose you could consider north Korea a “target rich” environment with some 5000 underground facilities.  Just take a moment and think the about scale of the problem and […]

David Maxwell:  This excerpt is the most detailed information I have seen in open sources about the event. The four Americans were killed Oct. 4 when a 12-man team of soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group was operating with approximately 30 Forces Armees Nigeriennes (FAN) on a train-and-advise mission near Tongo Tongo, Niger, just […]

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  The tyranny of proximity.  I do not think the author has ever experienced Korea Chuseok or the lunar New Year’s holiday to see what the “evacuation” of […]

David Maxwell’s remarks last week at the Institute for Korean-American Studies (ICAS) conference on The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security.  His contact info is at the bottom of this article. Thoughts on Strategy for the Korean PeninsulaDavid S.Maxwell Georgetown University Let me just begin with a few framing remarks: We have successfully […]

After 4000 Years, China Eyes Truly Global Role By Colin Clark, View Original October 18th, 2017 Xi Jinping WASHINGTON: The president of China, seeming to cast aside the better part of four millennia of Chinese tradition, declared today that he sees “a new historic juncture in China’s development,” one that clearly calls for his country to flex its global muscles and change […]

‘Are You Not Entertained?’  When It Comes To The NFL, The Answer Is No Longer Yes      The question, “Are you not entertained?,’ is from the movie Gladiator.  Actor Russell Crowe played the title role of a dethroned Roman General who was supposed to have been murdered; but, survives the attempt, only to be forced […]

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages By Adam Goldman, Eric Schmitt, View Original October 18th, 2017 WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, […]

David Maxwell Comment:  Another long read about the heroism of Americans despite mistakes made. How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong By Dan Vergano, View Original October 17th, 2017 The Chinook helicopters lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease. It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two […] Russia May Send More Iskander Missiles To Kaliningrad Last Updated: October 13, 2017 10:27 GMT ·        RFE/RL A Russian tactical missile Iskander-M fired during the Zapad-2017 military exercises last month Russia may send more of its most advanced missiles to its Kaliningrad region in response to U.S. military deployments on NATO’s eastern flank, a prominent […] [Machine translation from the French] The confession of the commander of aircraft carrier Liaoning [[ BY HENRI KENHMANN  14 OCTOBER 2017 · · · “I am waiting for you on board our aircraft carrier …”, it is with this simple sentence that Rear Admiral LIU Zhe (刘 喆), commander of aircraft carrier Liaoning , closed a television broadcast aired in […]