By Tony Capaccio -May 6, 2011 Small Wars Journal A United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to … Continue reading
Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that is responsible for the attack on his country's nuclear facilities.
April 18, 2011 by Gregg Keiser – An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country’s nuclear facilities. According to the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA), Iran’s state news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali laid some of the … Continue reading
With clouds overhead in the salty air, irritable Pacific waves swelled to up to four feet. Perfect conditions, in other words, for the Navy to fry a small boat with a laser beam — a major step toward its futuristic arsenal of ray guns. Researchers mounted the Maritime Laser Demonstrator, a solid-state laser, aboard the … Continue reading
The Pentagon’s mad-science arm wants robotic death-from-above, on demand. And the key to getting it done just might be holograms. Let me explain. Right now, authorizing and targeting air strikes is a process that’s sometimes bureaucratic, and sometimes dangerous as hell. Bureaucratic as in the Stanley McChrystal phase of the Afghanistan war, when it took … Continue reading
Israel deploys new anti-rocket defense system. The system, developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems with the help of US funding, is designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of between four and 70 kilometres (three and 45 miles).
By Yoav Lemmer (AFP) – 5 hours ago BEERSHEVA, Israel — Israel on Sunday stationed the first batteries of its “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system in the south of the country, but stressed the initial deployment was experimental. The unique multi-million dollar system was stationed outside the southern city of Beersheva, days after it … Continue reading
by Angus Batey Ares Defense 03/26/11 After my visit to Whiteman Air Force Base in 2009 I know I’ll always feel a more than passing interest in the B-2 fleet. But it was still quite an odd feeling when I realised that the aircraft I spent a couple of hours sitting inside and walking around … Continue reading
Libyan Leaders, Soldiers Face Cyber and Information Attacks by David A. Fulghum at 3/25/2011 Libyan communications and radar are being jammed, networks are being exploited and some senior commanders are getting personal messages. These electronic, cyber and information attacks are part of the assault on Tripoli’s forces. “With this type of operations, a key … Continue reading
by David A. Fulghum at 3/23/2011 A new, much-dreaded, short-range anti-aircraft missile made in Russia has turned up in the hands of Libyan government forces. The Russian-made SA-24 Grinch can shoot down coalition aircraft effectively at altitudes up to about 11,000 ft. That would not affect most combat patrols, which are being flown … Continue reading
by Sean Meade at 3/22/2011 Angus Batey writes: Operation ELLAMY, as the UK’s contribution to the enforcement of UN Security Council resolution 1973 is known by the British Defense Ministry (MoD), is apparently succeeding in its aims. Not only has the Libyan air defence system and command-and-control network been severely disrupted by the allied … Continue reading
INTRODUCTION Libya possesses one of the most robust air defense networks on the African continent, falling second only to Egypt in terms of coverage and operational systems. Libyan strategic SAM assets are primarily arrayed along the coastline, ostensibly defending the bulk of the Libyan population and preventing foreign incursion into Libyan airspace. THE STRATEGIC SAM … Continue reading
Adding to the question of a Western presence in Libya this morning are several reports that surfaced over the weekend claiming that: U.S. AWACS jets are crisscrossing the skies above Libya requesting details on Libyan flight patterns from Maltese air traffic controllers; a British SAS team escorting a U.K. “diplomat” en-route to meet with rebels was briefly taken prisoner by those … Continue reading
by David A. Fulghum 3/2/2011 Russian and Iranian officials say they are cleaning up after a water cooling pump broke down during startup of the Bushehr nuclear reactor. They attribute the failure to an old piece of German equipment. But a veteran U.S. cyberwarrior says the failure of a spinning device is a classic symptom … Continue reading
ARES by Paul McLeary 3/2/2011 On Feb. 3, the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board cut several remaining pieces of the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization project, while moving the two survivors into separate program offices. While the Class 1 unmanned aerial system and tactical ground sensors are no longer part of an Army-wide modernization effort—although … Continue reading
By Missy Ryan ISLAMABAD | Sun Feb 20, 2011 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan‘s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft … Continue reading
AeroVironment has released a video of flight tests of its tiny Nano Hummingbird flapping-wing UAV, built under DARPA's Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program
VIDEO: AeroVironment’s Nano Hummingbird Flies! by Graham Warwick 2/17/2011 AeroVironment has released a video of flight tests of its tiny Nano Hummingbird flapping-wing UAV, built under DARPA’s Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program. As you watch the video, remember this vehicle, like a real hummingbird, is hovering, maneuvering and flying under its own power, using its … Continue reading
Northrop Grumman releases a sharp video of the first flight of the X-47B UCAS demonstrator at Edwards AFB, California on Feb 4. Link to video.
New X-47B UCAS Video Released Posted by Guy Norris at 2/15/2011 4:59 PM CST Northrop Grumman has released a sharp new video of the first flight of the X-47B UCAS demonstrator at Edwards AFB, California on Feb 4. The video includes interesting ‘pilot’s eye’ views from the control room, as well as extended air-to-air shots … Continue reading
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli military "is ready for all eventualities" after recent unrest in the Middle East
14 February 2011 AFP – The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed. “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and … Continue reading
Can the U.S. continue to dominate Space : The U.S. Department of Defense released its first-ever National Security Space Strategy (NSSS), on Feb. 4.
Can the Pentagon afford to protect its orbital interests? Will diplomacy and soft power be enough to defend space? The U.S. Department of Defense released its first-ever National Security Space Strategy (NSSS), on Feb. 4. The document “seeks to maintain and enhance the national security benefits” the United States derives from its activities and capabilities … Continue reading
Simon Mann February 11, 2011 WASHINGTON: The threat of terrorism against the US was possibly at its highest level since the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to a grim assessment by the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. Al-Qaeda remained at the core of concerns, particularly on the Arabian Peninsula and via US-born Muslim cleric Anwar … Continue reading
02/10/2011 By Felicia Sonmez The House on Thursday voted to proceed on a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counter-terrorism surveillance law, two days after the proposal came up short in a Republican-led effort to approve it under fast-track rules. The House voted 248-to-176 to proceed on the measure, with nine … Continue reading
Israel places resources at newly appointed Egyptian Vice-President Suleiman's disposal "to protect the Egyptian regime"
Middle East Monitor Tuesday, 01 February 2011 Well-placed Israeli sources have disclosed that the Zionist state has offered to place “all its capabilities” at the disposal of General Omar Suleiman, the recently appointed Vice President of Egypt, for the “protection of the regime in Egypt”. This offer includes the implementation of “various operations to … Continue reading
By Karen DeYoung Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, January 31, 2011 Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world’s most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts. The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated productionof uranium and plutonium … Continue reading
Border Watchers Looking for New Ideas by Paul McLeary 1/31/2011 The Department of Homeland Security is moving fast to get surveillance technologies down to the southwest border now that the controversial SBInet “virtual fence” has been capped to cover just 53 miles of border in Arizona—and it’s putting industry on notice that it wants … Continue reading
Bush Sr.'s Carlyle Group to be world's largest private equity firm; Also the owners of Matrics rfid trackers.
By Thomas Heath Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, January 26, 2011; 8:03 PM District-based Carlyle Group has agreed to purchase a Dutch asset manager in a deal that would significantly expand its investment portfolio and make it the world’s largest private equity firm. Carlyle said Tuesday the acquisition of AlpInvest Partners would give it … Continue reading
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is taking initial steps to negotiate a civil nuclear trade pact with Saudi Arabia that could lack key nonproliferation provisions included in a similar 2009 deal with one of Riyadh’s Persian Gulf neighbors, according to U.S. officials and experts (see … Continue reading
January 23, 2011 by Veterans Today Nihilists of The World Unite: Wikileaks Is The “Cognitive Infiltration” Operation Demanded by Cass Sunstein By Webster Tarpley at http://www.tarpleynet.com Awareness is growing around the world that the Wikileaks-Julian Assange theater of the absurd is radically inauthentic – a psyop. Wikileaks and its impaired boss represent a classic form … Continue reading
RIA Novosti 19:15 24/01/2011 GORKI, January 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is expecting a reply from NATO to its proposals on building a European missile defense system, and will have to deploy a nuclear missile grouping if no agreement is reached, President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. “Our partners should realize that we need this not … Continue reading
by Bill Sweetman at 1/25/2011 It’s back – more and better images of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 have emerged on the Secret Projects forum. You need to register to see the rest, but if you’re interested in this sort of stuff you should do so anyway. It’s possible from these images to get a clearer … Continue reading
By IB Times Staff Writer | January 23, 2011 1:58 AM EST A hacker has breached several government, military and educational websites from across the globe, and put on sale the admin access to high-profile sites such as the official Italian government website (http://itcgcesaro.gov.it), the Department of Defense Pharmacoeconomic centre (http://pec.ha.osd.mil/) and even the United … Continue reading
TV host, Jesse Ventura, former Navy Seal, former Governor of Minnesota, on a one hour documentary on prime-time American television, makes an open and shut criminal case tying Cheney, Rumsfeld and officials throughout the US government with complicity in the planning, execution and subsequent cover-up of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Global Research, January 23, 2011 Veterans Today – 2010-12-18 TV host, Jesse Ventura, former Navy Seal, former Governor of Minnesota, on a one hour documentary on prime-time American television, makes an open and shut criminal case tying Cheney, Rumsfeld and officials throughout the US government with complicity in the planning, execution and subsequent cover-up … Continue reading
Moscow: Russia must quickly modernize its nuclear deterrent focusing on the deployment of ballistic missiles capable of penetrating the most sophisticated missile defenses, a draft supplementary statement to the new START treaty ratification document says. The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, posted on its official website on Friday the texts of … Continue reading
Boeing just laid off 1000 workers in Southern California, according to the Orange County Register. The move comes just a day after Boeing agreed to a $19 billion deal with China to produce 200 airplanes for the country. The layoffs affect workers in the company’s Long Beach, Anaheim, and Huntington Beach facilities. The bulk of … Continue reading
by Bill Sweetman at 1/24/2011 Danger Room links to an AP story, reporting that Chinese agents scoured the crash site of an F-117 in Serbia in 1999, and speculating as to whether what they found contributed to the stealth design of the Chengdu J-20. As with much in the world of espionage, it is … Continue reading
By David Axe January 21, 2011 When China’s stealth-fighter prototype took to the air two weeks ago, it intensified what was already a heated debate in Washington over which, and how many, new fighter planes to buy. Lost in all this noise was the U.S. Navy’s real plan for winning any future air war … Continue reading
Breitbart Jan. 21, 2010 Mexico will on Monday become the first country to start using iris scans for identity cards, according to the government, which claims the scheme will be highly secure. “The legal, technical and financial conditions are ready to start the process of issuing this identity document,” Felipe Zamora, responsible for legal … Continue reading
“Preparing for War with Russia? Washington To Rearm Georgia For New Conflicts” by Rick Rozoff Global Research, January 15, 2011 Stop NATO Recent reports in the Russian news media have detailed plans by the U.S. to provide the Mikheil Saakashvili government in Georgia with tens of millions of dollars worth of anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. … Continue reading
Washington, January 16, 2011 US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran’s efforts to make a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. In its online edition, the Times quoted intelligence and military experts as saying Israel has tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, … Continue reading
(AFP) – 3 days ago TEHRAN — Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. “The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’ … Continue reading
By Tim Greene, Network World January 10, 2011 The National Security Agency is building one of the largest and most expensive data centers as a place to gather and analyze intelligence data. At $1.2 billion, this is the largest Department of Defense construction project underway. Officals broke ground at the site 25 miles south … Continue reading
By Spencer Ackerman January 16, 2011 |1:58 pm | Remember the years-long controversy about whether the U.S. or the Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear program? It appears they just did — virtually. And if they did, they also may have expanded our sense of how nations wage war in cyberspace. For all the hype, “cyberwar” … Continue reading
Noah Shachtman January 18, 2011 |4:00 am Come this fall, there will be a new and extremely powerful supercomputer in Afghanistan. But it won’t be in Dave Petraeus’ headquarters in Kabul or at some three-letter agency’s operations center in Kandahar. It’ll be floating 20,000 feet above the warzone, aboard a giant spy blimp that watches … Continue reading
by Paul McLeary at 1/14/2011 1:18 PM CST According to a statement released this afternoon by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) of the House’s Homeland Security committee, the SBInet program–the controversial suite of sensors, cameras and radar arrayed along the southwestern U.S. border–has been cancelled. The program was put on hold by Homeland Security secretary Janet … Continue reading
The U.K. is now undergoing flight trials of the Merlin Mk2, an upgrade of its anti-submarine warfare helo. With video.
Merlin’s New Look by Robert Wall at 1/14/2011 The U.K. is now undergoing flight trials of the Merlin Mk2, an upgrade of its anti-submarine warfare helo. The service will get 30 updated helos, with upgraded radar and acoustic performance, although the core of the program is to deal with obsolescence and stretch service life until … Continue reading
Defense Secretary Gates has given the Air Force the go-ahead for a new long range bomber. Will be optionally piloted and nuclear capable.
“Behind The New Bomber“ by Bill Sweetman at 1/18/2011 Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ announcement on January 6 that the US Air Force would get the go-ahead for a new bomber – at least, approval to restart the requirements process that he put on hold in April 2009 – could turn out to be a historic … Continue reading
Police agencies around the USA soon could have a new tool in their crime-fighting arsenal: unmanned aerial vehicles inspired by the success of such drones on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Local governments have been pressing the Federal Aviation Administration for wider use of unmanned aircraft a demand driven largely by returning veterans who … Continue reading
Posted by David A. Fulghum at 1/11/2011 2:13 PM CST With first flight out of the way, the discussion about China’s new J-20 stealth prototype is switching to the aircraft’s mission (fighter or, more likely, long-range strike), sensors (strike missions would require a high-resolution long-range radar) and communications (which would demand high-speed datalinks and sophisticated … Continue reading
J-20 Completes First Flight (with video) Posted by Robert Wall at 1/11/2011 1:23 AM CST China’s new fighter, the stealthy J-20 has now completed its first flight after several weeks of preparations. Here are the initial pictures from Chinese sites: Still no word on how long the flight at Chenghdu lasted. It looks like … Continue reading
Senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari says the assassins of Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi have confessed to being supported by the Israeli intelligence service
PressTV Mon Jan 10, 2011 Senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari says the assassins of an Iranian nuclear scientist have confessed to being supported by the Israeli intelligence service. In July 2010, Iranian nuclear physics scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was killed when a remote-controlled bomb detonated near his house in the north of the Iranian capital, Tehran. … Continue reading