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Following U.S. indictments, China shifts commercial hacking away from military to civilian agency

The Chinese military scaled back its cybertheft of U.S. commercial secrets in the wake of Justice Department indictments of five officers, and the surprising drawdown shows that the law enforcement action had a more significant impact than is commonly assumed, current and former U.S. officials said.<p>…

Kurdish fighters say US special forces have been fighting Isis for months

US military,World news,Islamic State,Middle East and North Africa,Iraq,Kurds,US news<p>US denies peshmerga claims after Obama last year announced redeployment of 300 military advisers to Iraq, saying US combat troops would ‘not be fighting’<p>On a damp afternoon in Iraqi Kurdistan, a 29-year-old …

Middle East

4 Ways Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think

With Russia itching to fight after one of its jets was shot down by Turkey, we assess why Putin's war tech might be better than many people believe.<p>Vladimir Putin is not a man to back down from provocation, especially a direct, lethal provocation like the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 aircraft …

There Are Three (And Only Three) Types of Military Strategy

Don't let politicians convince you otherwise.<p>This is the last of our three primers on making sense of military news. (Find the other two here and here.) The point of the series has been to demonstrate that while modern usage is often confusing, and all-too-often the terms and ideas are misused or …

4 Simple Gymnastics Drills for Strength and Mobility

<b>Gymnastics strength training provides countless benefits to those willing to commit to the process</b>. By focusing on bodyweight progressions, athletes …

Workouts

A Blackwater World Order

After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s most profound legacy could be that it set the world order back to the Middle …

War

Is this the end of Sykes-Picot?

The intensity of the civil war in Syria, combined with the continued upheavals in Iraq and the endemic instability of Lebanese politics, has naturally led to speculation that the famously “artificial” borders in the eastern Arab world, drawn by Britain and France in the aftermath of the collapse of …

Refocusing the Development Agenda in Latin America: How to Build Government Capabilities

Most countries in Latin America tend to respond in similar ways to the advice of development agencies and the different political winds that blow …

The Key to Conquering the Elusive Muscle Up

<b>Dammit…</b><p><b>Walk around, walk around, walk around…</b><p>Dammit…<p>Walk around, walk around, walk around…<p>Dammit…<p>You can see where this is going. A whole lot of …

Self-improvement

ASSESSMENT: INSPIRE 12 “Shattered”

ASSESSMENT: INSPIRE 12 “Shattered”<p><b>Inspire 12 Shattered:</b><p>Inspire issue 12 was dropped on Alplatform Friday night and this issue is somewhat different …

Playing by Putin’s tactics

<i>Molly K. McKew and Gregory A. Maniatis are independent consultants who advise governments, foundations and international organizations on foreign policy and strategic communications. They worked for Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his national security adviser during and after the</i> …

First They Attacked A Mall, Then They Repelled SEAL Team Six: The Rise of Al Qaeda 2.0

Few Americans had ever heard of al Shabaab before the fall of 2013. That changed on Sept. 21, when gunmen armed with AK-47s entered the Westgate Mall, a suburban-style shopping center in an upscale neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, and began calmly, methodically hunting down and murdering shoppers, …

China’s Latin Connection: Eclipsing the US?

When Brazil opened up its huge offshore petroleum discoveries to foreign developers in October, after holding off on a decision for six years, …

Official: US will step up training for Iraq forces

The United States is planning to step up training for Iraq forces as they battle a resurgent al Qaeda in the country, a U.S. official said Tuesday at …

Lecture on Counterintelligence with William Nolte

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Afghan Taliban Claims Suicide Bombing with VBIED on U.S. Convoy in Logar<p>Jihadist NewsCreated: July 2, 2018<p>The Afghan Taliban claimed the execution of …

Terrorism

War on Error

One of the most active fronts in the war on terror is Washington, D.C., where skirmishes over our understanding of al Qaeda have grown increasingly …

Obama and the Sunni-Shiite War

The ground burns in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Borders are being contested, and militant Islamists have all but overwhelmed secular authorities. Yet …

Innocent, guilty - useful? What's behind the US-Afghan clash over 88 prisoners from Bagram | Afghanistan Analysts Network

Innocent, guilty – useful? What’s behind the US-Afghan clash over 88 prisoners from Bagram<p>Author: <b>AAN Team and Guests</b> <b><br>Date: 8 January 2014</b><p><b>The Afghan</b> …

It’s an Anbar Thing (not an AQ or U.S. thing)

News of al Qaeda’s dramatic return to Iraq’s Anbar Province last week has reopened many old wounds. After years of brutal fighting there that bought …

Afghanistan-Pakistan: The Covert War

When American special forces plucked the second in command of the Pakistani Taliban from the hands of Afghan officials this October, they laid bare …

Will it hold together?

“WE lurch from crisis to crisis, with superficial calms in between. But the crises are coming closer and could soon merge into a single, …

Middle East

The Unraveling

How Obama’s Syria policy fell apart.<p>On Dec. 18, the U.S. envoy for Syria, Robert Ford, recently arrived in Turkey for high-level talks with the Syrian opposition, regretted to inform Al-Arabiya, “The Islamic Front has refused to sit with us without giving any reason.” In fact, a rebel in the Front …

2013’s 7 Books for Security Wonks to Read

Happy hol­i­days, Wash­ing­ton se­cur­ity wonks! You nom­in­ated some of your fa­vor­ite books from 2013 on na­tion­al se­cur­ity is­sues. We …

Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments

As the British government urges the UN to crack down on ransoms to terrorist groups, jihadists in the Maghreb are upping their hostage …