Pakistan must step up action against al Qaeda
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called on Pakistan to take tougher action against al Qaeda and step up its efforts to track down the group’s leader Osama bin Laden.

Understanding China
They may have appeared more conciliatory on previous visits by American leaders, but that was largely decorative. The Chinese have a powerful sense of their identity and worth. They have never behaved toward the West in a supplicant manner, for reasons Westerners persistently fail to understand or grasp.

Kian Tajbakhsh faced with new charge; White House calls for release
According to news reports, Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American urban planner who earned a Ph.D. from Columbia, faces a new charge of spying. According to the New York Times, Tajbakhsh—already sentenced to 15 years in prison for spying—recently told his wife during her prison visit that a judge at the Revolutionary Court read new charges of “spying for the George Soros foundation” on Monday. The count referenced his work for the Open Society Institute, run by Soros, a financier.

CIA goes hiring in heart of Arab America
In dire need of agents fluent in Arabic, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has made an unusual public show of its recruiting effort in Dearborn — a city of 100,000 with the densest Arab population in the United States.

The role of spies in Latin America
Charges of blackmail and espionage have led to arrests and several rows between a number of Latin American countries.

Vegas fusion center fights terrorism, street crime

Open for more than two years, the Las Vegas “fusion” center is battling terrorism and street crime, a dual mission that has affected how local and federal law enforcement agents view each other and their jobs.

Terrorism Suspected in Russia Train Crash
A crater consistent with a bomb of 15 pounds of TNT was found near the damaged Nevsky Express train No. 166, which derailed late Friday between Aleshkina and Uglovka in a rural area in Northwest Russia, about 170 miles before it would have reached St. Petersburg.

Japanese satellite spies on N Korea
Japan operates two optical intelligence satellites, which take high-precision images in clear daylight weather, and one radar satellite, which can detect objects through clouds and at night. But to monitor different spots daily, two optical satellites and two radar satellites are needed. Such a system is expected to be ready in 2011.

Saddam was telling truth in missing Gulf War pilot
Saddam Hussein was telling the truth, this time. The United States just didn’t believe him. So it took the most powerful military in the world 18 years to find the remains of the only U.S. Navy pilot shot down in an aerial battle in the 1991 Gulf War. Michael “Scott” Speicher’s bones lay 18 inches deep in Iraqi sand, more or less right where a group of Iraqis had led an American search team in 1995.

Information Request for Cybersecurity Competency Models
The U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council of Workforce Development Subcommittee recently identified cybersecurity related occupations as high priorities for Governmentwide competency models. OPM is pleased to kick-off the development of these models. This initiative will identify the critical elements of success for the covered workforce, ensuring classification, selection, development, and performance management programs are based on a valid framework.

UUV mothership to deploy intelligence-gathering unmanned underwater vehicles in development by SAIC
U.S. Navy researchers are developing an autonomous submarine that gathers military intelligence information in coastal waters and harbors by deploying and operating small unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) as a distributed, collaborative suite of electronic sensors.

Water Management in Central Asia
As in the case of the Kyrgyz glaciers, many countries may depend on one country’s glacier, or maybe the mountain borders more than one country. Many of these countries that share borders and water supply may at best have differing political interests, and at worst, have ethnic conflicts to add to the mix.

Video: Palantir Cyber Demo
Palantir Cyber brings a unique set of capabilities to this emerging problem – allowing an organization to effectively address their highest priority concerns, including data exfiltration and insider threat.

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