Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan
President Obama has issued his order to send more troops to Afghanistan, communicating his decision to military leaders late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office, and will spend Monday speaking with foreign leaders to share with them the broad outlines of his new strategy, the White House said.

Statement on Afghanistan
First, Mr Speaker, I made clear that we would increase the number of British personnel in Afghanistan only if we were assured that it would continue to be the case that every soldier and unit deployed is fully equipped for the operations they are asked to undertake. At this morning’s meeting of the Afghanistan and Pakistan national security committee, the Chief of the Defence Staff gave that assurance – that this condition has been met both for the existing force and the additional 500 troops.

Will the Economy Sink the American Empire?
…empires almost always collapse because of internal mismanagement. Either that mismanagement dethrones them outright or, more commonly, makes them much more vulnerable to challengers. This is why worries about Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, et. al. miss the point. The damage they can do to the U.S. is nothing next to the damage we have done – and continue to do – to ourselves.

Maryland University Scientist Developing Virtual Worlds for Defense Strategy
V.S. Subrahmanian, a Maryland computer science professor and director of the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), is in the process of developing virtual worlds that aims to guide military commanders through military options and explore potential scenarios, according to India’s DNA news site.

CIA pulls SWIFT one to get peak at your bank records
European Union governments have given in to the pressure and appear set to make a last-minute agreement with the United States to allow its intelligence agencies to monitor bank accounts and transactions across the bloc.

Pakistan’s Youth
This British Council report, ‘Pakistan: the Next Generation’ should be required reading for people who want to understand Pakistan. Dividend or disaster is the theme. The findings are striking – about distrust, disappointment and danger.

Military Seeking Greener Spy Planes With Added Benefits
Unmanned robotic spy planes are now going green as researchers hope to develop aircraft able to fly longer while also conducting surveillance with less threat of detection due to engine noise.

Vote Now On Cyber Arms Control
It’s probably fairly clear that I don’t think an ICAC would help prevent a cyberwar. An ICAC might have some mileage as a means to agreeing that cyber attacks – particularly those aimed at civilian infrastructure – are a Bad Thing, but that’s an aspiration necessarily limited by the nature of the beast to which it refers…

Report: Domestic Terror Threat on the Rise
One of the topics on the agenda is the rising domestic terror threat. But this alarm was sounded months ago, in Apr 09, when DHS released their report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.

DARPA Funds Nano-UAV Hummingbird
For years, engineers have been working on making smaller and smaller UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). DARPA (Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency) has been taking the lead for years, and is now pushing the envelope by providing a second round of funding for the development of nano-UAVs, unmanned flyers with a mass of just 10 grams, approximately equivalent to two nickels.

Czech Intelligence Reveals Iraqi Plot To Attack RFE/RL
Czech officials say former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered an attack on the Prague headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty but that the plot was foiled by the country’s intelligence services.

Web service automates WordPress password cracking
Hackers have developed a distributed WordPress admin account cracking scheme that poses a severe risk for the security of blogs whose owners select insecure passwords.

Worth Watching: ArmedwScience

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