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The Cyber Security Delusion

Left: The Maginot Defense Line along the French border with Germany, (built 1929-1938; named after  Andre Maginot, the French Minister of War, 1915–1920s). Twenty-five years of fast evolving cyber communication had made us more efficient. But as Houston T. Hawkins, Los Alamos National Lab Senior Scientist points out, “The greater the efficiency, the greater the vulnerability.” Indeed, cyber vulnerability is turning our world into ...

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Take Advantage of the Reserves for Innovation*

The National Guard and Reserves should be the Defense Department’s source of innovation and technical know-how.   With the establishment of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is putting a lot of effort into building a relationship with Silicon Valley, hoping some — but not too much — of the region’s entrepreneurial, cutting-edge methods rub off ...

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Needed: U.S. Cyber Defense Policy

Two years have passed since the Obama administration was tasked by Congress to develop cyber countermeasure policies. But in response to Sen. Joe McCain (R-AZ) question “Is it correct that these are policy-decision that have not been made?”  U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael S. Rogers responded: “The way I would describe it is, we clearly still are focused more ...

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The U.S. Cyber Vulnerability Goes On

Is there anyone in the United States whose personal information has not been stolen, yet? Hard to tell. The government agencies seem slow in detecting such breaches, slower in reporting about them, and very slow in resolving problems arising from such thefts.  Take today’s Internal Revenue Service’s  announcement of the latest breach. The agency said it will send notifications to those affected by ...

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Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its global terrorist activities. It is significant because it marks President ...

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Obama’s illogic

Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Barack Obama. (Photo: Cihan), Nov.13, 2015 The confusion in the President’s thinking and strategy about the current terrorist crisis is frightening in its implications. As the tragic events in Paris confirm, surprise remains one of the most important aspects of warfare, in this instance by the Islamic terrorists of Daesh [ISIS ...

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Egypt’s Salafist* Party Returns to the Wilderness

“Running for the Salafi Party was a loss…I regret it. [My] popularity in the constituency was very strong, but joining the party caused it to decline.” – Daily News Egypt, October 24, 2015 Results from the first round of phase one of Egypt’s parliamentary elections earlier this month show that the pragmatic “For the Love of Egypt” — a movement ...

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Weekly Review, Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2015

Obama Selling the Iranian Deal – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As a used lemon-car salesman, Secretary of State John Kerry continues to peddle the defective agreement with Iran. While his boss, who commands the lemon car dealership has successfully persuaded 36 Democratic Senators to assist him in preventing a congressional veto of this bad deal…continue… Obama’s Threats Unlikely To Stop Cyber ...

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Obama’s Threats Unlikely To Stop Cyber Attacks

Left: US President Barack Obama is expected to take a firm line on the issue of hacking during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. Photo: AP Talk about imposing sanctions on Chinese and Russian individuals and a company benefiting from their government’s looting of American trade, military and personnel secrets, is cheap, but futile. The Obama administration’s threats of sanctions may sound reassuring to largely ...

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Weekly Review, August 17-22, 2015

Left: IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, left, and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akhbar Salehi sign a confidential ‘roadmap’ document in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA) Obama’s Reckless Iran Agreement Exposed – Rachel Ehrenfeld – One wonders how much longer President Obama and his minions can claim the deal with Iran is a good deal. The President’s ...

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