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After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 weeks ago

After Helskini, here's a little historical perspective.  

Russia has very evil tools, and they are after far bigger prizes than the DNC.  Their 2016 campaign sought to gain influence, pick up dirt by hacking, and sow discord, which is the classic pattern they carry out in many other countries.  

Actual intrusions to US voter mechanisms were not effective.   Here is the August 2016 CNN piece on Russian hacking attempt on Arizona voter registration.  

All this was summed up in a rare Joint Analysis Report on the Russian cyber attacks on prominent individuals codenamed Grizzly Steppe, emailed to me and ...

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After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 weeks ago

After Helskini, here's a little historical perspective.  

Russia has very evil tools, and they are after far bigger prizes than the DNC.  Their 2016 campaign sought to gain influence, pick up dirt by hacking, and sow discord, which is the classic pattern they carry out in many other countries.  

Actual intrusions to US voter mechanisms were not effective.   Here is the August 2016 CNN piece on Russian hacking attempt on Arizona voter registration.  

All this was summed up in a rare Joint Analysis Report on the Russian cyber attacks on prominent individuals codenamed Grizzly Steppe, emailed to me and ...

Syria Strike and Military Lessons for North Korea and Iran

Syria Strike and Military Lessons for North Korea and Iran

4/20/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
3 months ago

Kim Jong Un may or may not have watched news coverage of the strike on Syria by the US, Britain and France.  If he did, he and the North Korean elite saw four things that should make them want to talk even more.  Same goes for the mullahs of Iran. 

First, precision strikes have reached a new level.  In addition to the TLAMS, the Pentagon said nineteen regular Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missiles hit the Barzeh chemical weapons research facility.  These new cruise missiles carried by the US Air Force’s B-1 bomber combined precision with heavy blast effects ...

CNN: Tramadol Trafficking and Terror in Africa

CNN: Tramadol Trafficking and Terror in Africa

1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM EST
6 months ago

Synthetic opioid trafficking is a huge new revenue target for ISIS affiliates -- think Al Capone and the liquor gangsters.  Read about the UN's concerns on opiod trafficking in this piece by CNN.

Afghanistan Tidal Wave of Airpower

Afghanistan Tidal Wave of Airpower

1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM EST
7 months ago

General John Nicholson promised a “tidal wave of airpower” to defeat Taliban, ISIS and other insurgents in Afghanistan. He’s delivering.  Weapons releases are up 300%, rising from 1337 in 2016 to 3,906 as of 30 Nov 2017. Coalition air forces led by the USAF are hitting Taliban drug processing labs in Helmand.   Strikes are directed by controllers like those pictured here in a training photo from December 2017. 

President Trump’s strategy applies tactics that succeeded in Mosul, Raqqa and across Iraq and Syria.  US and Coalition advisers are assisting Afghan forces in combat.  Another key is building ...

We Have A Trump Doctrine: Principled Realism

We Have A Trump Doctrine: Principled Realism

12/19/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
7 months ago

We have a Trump Doctrine.  It's principled realism and here are the 4 principles: Protect the Homeland, Promote American Prosperity, Peace Through Strength and Advance American Influence Abroad.  Read the National Security Strategy

Power is central.  American economic power is at the foundation and it’s the engine of military power.  Is it true realism?  Yes and no.  Realism in International Relations theory prioritizes power, and the balance of power, over and above moral and cultural preferences of any individual state.  

Sovereign states observe rules of the road and engage in peaceful competition over trade and territory. 20th ...

Can Trump Stop China From Taking Away American AI Dominance?

Can Trump Stop China From Taking Away American AI Dominance?

12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
8 months ago

China wants to catch the USA in AI technology by 2020 and surpass us in 2025.  Then China plans to lead the world in economic and military applications of artificial intelligence by 2030.  So said former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work at a US Naval Institute talk December 4.  Work is a leading thinker and a retired Marine who left the Pentagon in the spring of 2017, so he knows.   

"China’s military and commercial AI ambitions pose the first credible threat to United States technological supremacy since the Soviet Union," wrote Gregory Allen  for the Council on Foreign ...

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Power Up Army Helicopters

Power Up Army Helicopters

11/2/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
9 months ago

New engines can boost the range and payload of the US Army's Blackhawk and Apache helicopters.  GE and ATEC, a Pratt&Whitney and Honeywell team, are developing improved turbine engines to remove and replace on Arny helicopters.  This viatla competition will power up Army missions, making it possible to carry more soldiers, equipment and to omit hazardous forward area refuelings.  Under any budget IREP is a vital Army program -- and one that makes sense for America's global missions and counterterrorism fight.

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F-35 in the Pacific

F-35 in the Pacific

11/2/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
9 months ago

US military options in the Pacific depend on airpower.  This paper examines how stealth and legacy fighters like the F-35, F-22 and F/A-18 among others may be deployed to counteract Chinese activity and give US commanders maximum options. 

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Remembering Desert Storm

Remembering Desert Storm

9/3/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
11 months ago

Strike sorties over Iraq and Syria now total 32,828 for the 3-year war that began in late 2014.  That's close to the number for Operation Desert Storm.  On Janaury 17, 1991, the US-led Coalition began a fight to eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait.  The six-week war dominated by airpower and finished up with 4 days of ground fighting redefined American military power.  The impact on Iraqi ground forces day after day led Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill A. McPeak to conclude, "My private conviction is that this is the first time in history that a field ...

Contested Seas

Contested Seas

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Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, USN, Ret. and Dr. Rebecca Grant discuss the Navy's requirement for versatile, bluewater fighting capability in its surface combatant fleet.  

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