Attacks kill 16 in Pakistan, spy agency targeted
A suicide bomber in a pickup truck attacked the northwestern regional headquarters of the Pakistani spy agency overseeing a campaign against militancy, killing 10 people Friday. Another suicide assault in the area killed six more.
Podcast: Pakistan’s Security Fears
More than 250 people have been killed in recent weeks by a series of bombings that have targeted Pakistan’s major cities, including the capital Islamabad. Asma Jahangir, chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent body of lawyers and activists, says people in Pakistan are “tremendously afraid” because of deteriorating security conditions. She says recent attacks, especially those targeted at the security forces, have also raised concerns about the country’s ability to combat terrorism. “There is a crack within the security forces,” she says.
U.S. Is Targeting Assets Linked to Iran
Last year, the government asked courts to allow it to seize a stake held by Assa Corp. in 650 Fifth Ave., a New York skyscraper known as the Piaget building. Prosecutors moved Thursday to seize Alavi’s stake in the building and other assets, including properties in New York, California, Texas, Virginia and Maryland. None have yet been seized by the government.
Travel Alert: Germany
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that Al Qaeda has threatened it will conduct terrorist attacks in Germany immediately prior to and following the federal elections on September 27. This Travel Alert expires on November 11, 2009. Al Qaeda recently released a video specifically warning Germany of attacks. German authorities are taking the threat seriously and have taken measures to enhance the level of security throughout the country.
9/11 suspects to be tried in New York
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and four others will be sent for prosecution in a criminal court in New York from the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, an Obama administration official said on Friday.
Prime Minister comments on Afghanistan strategy
I’ve said that three things are necessary to make our strategy work. We are prepared to put more troops into Afghanistan, but there has got to be burden-sharing amongst the alliance and I am suggesting sending people round Europe to persuade other countries that they should commit more troops. So we are in a process of persuading burden-sharing. The second thing is, our troops have got to be fully equipped before they go. The third thing, we have got to have an indication from President Karzai that he will tackle the very problems that have given some succour to the Taliban, and that is corruption, and that is local governance, and that is the quality of district governors, and that is the determination, which I have talked to him about in some detail over the last few weeks, about tackling corruption with a new anti-corruption law, new anti-corruption commissioners and bringing in people from abroad to monitor it.
Extra bunker-buster missiles for Afghan front line
An extra 1,300 of the lightweight, shoulder-mounted Javelin guided missiles are being sent to the front line in Afghanistan to top up stocks of the combat-proven weapon, where it is being used extensively by front line forces.
Administration plans to punish leakers
The Obama administration is increasingly exasperated by leaks of national-security-related information and is planning a major effort to root out and punish those responsible, top officials said Thursday.
Turkey warm to storing Iranian uranium
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Friday that if asked, his country would be willing to temporarily store Iran’s enriched uranium to help defuse a standoff over Western suspicions that Teheran is trying to build an atomic bomb.
Beijing, Global Free-RiderWhen U.S. President Barack Obama starts his first-ever visit to China on Sunday, he will ask Beijing to take more responsibility for solving key global issues in troubled countries such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. But while Washington needs Beijing more than ever, China’s own interests in those hot spots make it deeply conflicted about playing a larger role on the world stage. While the United States frames China in terms of its growing responsibilities as a major power, China continues to think primarily in terms of its own interests.
The Cyberwar Plan
At the request of his national intelligence director, Bush ordered an NSA cyberattack on the cellular phones and computers that insurgents in Iraq were using to plan roadside bombings. The devices allowed the fighters to coordinate their strikes and, later, post videos of the attacks on the Internet to recruit followers. According to a former senior administration official who was present at an Oval Office meeting when the president authorized the attack, the operation helped U.S. forces to commandeer the Iraqi fighters’ communications system. With this capability, the Americans could deceive their adversaries with false information, including messages to lead unwitting insurgents into the fire of waiting U.S. soldiers.
Homeland Security CIO reviewing dozens of IT programs for cost and risks
“We need to run programs better,” CIO Richard Spires told Nextgov on Thursday during one of his first sit-down interviews since taking the job in August. “If you read the [inspector general] reports and [Government Accountability Office] reports, they say that. This is not new news.
Video: Hillary Clinton calls on Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi
We don’t think she should be in detention. We believe that she has every right, as any person should have, and certainly that she has demonstrated over the years a commitment to democracy, to participate in the active democratic life of her country as she chooses, not as the United States chooses and not as the Burmese leadership chooses, but as she chooses.
Clinton urges youth to fight corruption through social media
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged Filipinos, particularly the youth, “to report corruption” through social networking at a town hall meeting in a Manila university on Friday before she ended her two-day visit to the Philippines.
Russians Claim Georgia Plans to Buy Sophisticated Weapons from the U.S.
Georgians believe that their defeat during Russia’s military aggression in August 2008 was mostly due to their county’s poor antiaircraft and antitank capabilities. Furthermore, many think that had Georgia been better prepared militarily, Russia would not have resorted to war in the first place fearing high costs and mass casualties. Nevertheless, if Georgia indeed plans to buy the above-mentioned sophisticated American systems, they must be viewed as just one way of preventing Russian military aggression in the future. Without becoming a full member of the Western collective security system with all the political, military and diplomatic assurances it entails, even a well-armed Georgia will hardly be able to prevent war with Russia and secure its sovereignty, territorial integrity and foreign-policy orientation in the long run.
Former Georgian ambassador to Russia to manage opposition TV channel
Kitsmarishvili, who is one of main propagators of the “rose revolution” hasn’t concretized the financing sources of the broadcasting company, only saying that financing will be absolutely legal.
Low, Slow And Dangerous
While the U.S. Air Force had its safest flying year ever in 2009, army aviation took heavy losses, even though aviation accidents and fatalities are being reduced.
Implications of the All Volunteer Force
Veterans’ Day reminds us that military commitment and sacrifice has historically been a national burden, not one borne by those we hire to perform our duty for us (we have, of course, also done that, as in the provision for draftees to hire replacements on the Union side of the Civil War). Philosophically, the danger is that we become so disconnected from the military obligation that we forget that sacrifice is a national, not a minority, responsibility.
Video: United Against MS-13
See how the U.S. and Central America countries are targeting the gang problem through an FBI-run exchange program.
Rise of the Cyber Wingman
The “Rise of the Cyber Wingman” philosophy incorporates the following 10 guiding principles every Airman needs to know and use to secure cyberspace.
“Moving to the Cloud: An Introduction to Cloud Computing in Government”
Dr. Wyld examines the entry of the cloud computing phenomena into the government. He avoids the technical language and focuses on the business and societal impacts of cloud computing. He examines how this concept has changed the expectations of both the public and of government executives and managers.
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