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March 2005 News

  1. Panel recommends new domestic spy agency By Lance Gay Scripps Howard News Service March 31, 2005 -- John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank that follows military and intelligence activities, said the idea of creating an agency like MI5 in the United States isn't workable. "We are citizens. We are not subjects," Pike said, noting the differences in the American and British forms of government. "We have a Bill of Rights. They don't."
  2. W Panel Wants Intell Big To Control Parts By James Gordon Meek Daily News (New York) March 31, 2005 -- Putting a top intelligence official in charge of thousands of law enforcers at the FBI could lead to abuses, agreed intelligence expert John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org.
  3. 'A front-row seat to China's back yard' By Mary Lou Pickerl The Atlanta Journal-Constitution March 30, 2005 -- "It gives us a front-row seat to China's back yard," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense information Web site based in Alexandria, Va.
  4. Arizona maneuvers to keep bases open By Billy House The Arizona Republic March 27, 2005 -- But John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a non-partisan defense and research organization, said states have reason to be anxious because, in his view, the announced selection criteria are so vague.
  5. Protesters Push Out Kyrgyzstan's Leader By Mark McDonald Tampa Tribune (Florida) March 25, 2005 -- Sources: CIA World Fact Book, U.S. Department of State, World Almanac 2005, globalsecurity.org
  6. Feds Nix Tex. Blast Terror Claim By Kenneth R. Bazinet Daily News (New York) March 25, 2005 -- "Both of these are new names," said John Pike, a security expert.
  7. Die Koalition der Willigen Stuttgarter Zeitung March 21, 2005 -- Beim Aufbau der irakischen Sicherheitskräfte sind die USA nach Worten der Experten von "Globalsecurity", einer privaten Denkfabrik, die mit ihren Studien auf eine deeskalierende Entwicklung der internationalen Sicherheitspolitik aus ist, weiter entfernt als vor einem Jahr gedacht.
  8. A different set of rules By Bryan Mitchell The Knoxville News Sentinel March 20, 2005 -- Since April 2003, Congress has appropriated $153 billion in three installments to subsidize the war, according to globalsecurity.org, a Virginia-based military research organization.
  9. Two years of war: How much more? By William Cole The Honolulu Advertiser March 20, 2005 -- John Pike, a military expert with GlobalSecurity.org, said: "They hadn't planned on the war lasting this long. Basically, every deployable unit has been called on."
  10. Technology keeps troops, families closer than ever By Bryan Mitchell The Knoxville News Sentinel March 20, 2005 -- Military expert John Pike, who runs the Virginia-based military research Web site globalsecurity.org, said the Pentagon has largely embraced the new technology. "Every camp has got an Internet cafe and they've got long-distance call centers at each camp," Pike said. "They generally seem to think this will help with recruitment and retention and with support at home."
  11. A different set of rules By Bryan Mitchell The Knoxville News Sentinel March 20, 2005 -- Since April 2003, Congress has appropriated $153 billion in three installments to subsidize the war, according to globalsecurity.org, a Virginia-based military research organization.
  12. The Intelligence Community The National Journal March 19, 2005 -- SOURCES: GlobalSecurity.org; www.intelligence.gov; government Web sites; expert interviews
  13. JCM project under the gun By Ken Rogers Troy Messenger March 19, 2005 -- The $1.6 billion contract over four years was for development and two production batches or as many as 2,700 of 55,000 missiles, according to globalsecurity.org, the online site for military and defense analysts.
  14. Harrier jet shakes off past to prove itself in Iraq By James Janega Chicago Tribune March 19, 2005 -- "Certainly the utility of the improved sensors to manage close air support has attracted attention in certain parts of the Pentagon," said John Pike, a military expert at watchdog group GlobalSecurity.org. "They are being noticed in some places."
  15. Algunos progresos en Irak pero un largo camino por delante Por Mike McCarthy Deutsche Presse-Agentur March 15, 2005 -- John Pike, analista de asuntos de defensa de Globalsecurity.org, un grupo de expertos independientes que observa el desarrollo de la situacion en Irak, cree que debido a la insurgencia y a la lentitud en la formacion de las fuerzas de seguridad iraquies, la presencia estadounidense probablemente sera la misma en dos o tres anos.
  16. Luces y sombras a dos anos del inicio de la guerra de Irak Por Hans Dahne Deutsche Presse-Agentur March 18, 2005 -- Segun el experto militar del portal de Internet www.globalsecurity.org, el objetivo de crear una fuerza de seguridad propiamente iraqui esta mas lejos de lograrse de lo que se creia hace un ano.
  17. Granholm, Pentagon discuss military base closings By Katherin Hutt Scott Gannett News Service March 17, 2005 -- Defense policy expert John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center is essentially an office park and its jobs could be outsourced anywhere -- including India.
  18. Base-Closing Nonminees' Lobbying Raises Questions By James W. Crawley Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia) March 17, 2005 -- "On one hand, [the situation] might suggest conflict," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank. "But those two names have high integrity quotients."
  19. Ship to dock in Pensacola By Nicole Lozare Pensacola News Journal March 17, 2005 -- Source: www.GlobalSecurity.org
  20. Gemischte Bilanz in den USA zwei Jahre nach Beginn des Irak-Krieges Von Hans Dahne Deutsche Presse-Agentur - Europadienst March 17, 2005 -- Beim Aufbau der irakischen Sicherheitskraefte sind die USA nach Worten des Experten vom Internet-Portal www.globalsecurity.org weiter entfernt als vor einem Jahr gedacht. Nach neuesten Angaben des Pentagon sollen rund 142 000 Iraker fuer den Armeedienst oder die Polizei ausgebildet und ausgeruestet worden sein.
  21. Insurgency has potential to destabilise neighbours By Peter Kammerer South China Morning Post March 17, 2005 -- "In the court of world opinion, the US has probably never experienced such a precipitous decline as in the past two years," said John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org in the US state of Virginia.
  22. Diggers could fill the void as Italy quits Iraq By John Kerin The Australian March 17, 2005 -- Source: www.globalsecurity.org
  23. US 'to launch bombs from unmanned spacecraft' By Tom Leonard THE DAILY TELEGRAPH(LONDON) March 17, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a non-governmental defence think tank, told the Washington Post the US will be able "to crush someone anywhere in the world on 30 minutes' notice".
  24. Pentagon Has Far-Reaching Defense Spacecraft in Works By Walter Pincus The Washington Post March 16, 2005 -- John E. Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nongovernmental defense think tank, said yesterday that the Falcon and CAV programs will allow the United States "to crush someone anywhere in world on 30 minutes' notice with no need for a nearby air base."
  25. China announces new launch site By Kelly Young NewScientist.com news service March 15, 2005 -- Space analyst Charles Vick, a senior fellow at globalsercurity.org, a think tank in Alexandria, Virginia, US, says that the launch site may also be used to send humans into space.
  26. MiG tipping, not tension, at U.S. base near Iran By David Brunnstrom REUTERS March 14, 2005 -- According to U.S.-based think tank GlobalSecurity.org, Shindand is the largest airbase in Afghanistan, bigger even than the main U.S. base at Bagram to the north of Kabul.
  27. Taking aim at Iran By Uzi Mahnaimi and Tony Allen-Mills Sunday Times (London) March 13, 2005 -- "The preservation of a nuclear monopoly in the Middle East is the cornerstone of Israel's security policy," says John Pike, a weapons specialist with Globalsecurity.org. "Iran is behind most of Israel's torments."
  28. Base closing chief has experience By Eric Rosenberg Grand Forks Herald March 13, 2005 -- John Pike, director of Global Security.org, a nonpartisan defense and security research organization, noted that the Army is boosting its rolls by 30,000 troops and will need U.S. facilities to house them, as well as to accommodate forces being transferred from Europe. "When they talk about 25 percent excess, I just don't see it," Pike said.
  29. Base restructuring shifting into high gear By John Andrew Prime and Ana Radelat The Shreveport Times March 13, 2005 -- "There are no planned force reductions for B-52s, so there will be no base closure of B-52 bases," said John Pike, founder of the military and defense think tank and clearinghouse GlobalSecurity.Org. "I am puzzled as to where (Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld) thinks he will find 25 percent surplus bases, but it is surely not among the bomber bases.
  30. Politics, BRAC go hand in hand By David Irvin Clovis News Journal March 13, 2005 -- "We haven't been able to figure out what rationale they will be using to do any of the closures," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va.-based military and security think tank.
  31. Officials believe Cannon in solid position for BRAC process By David Irvin Clovis News Journal March 13, 2005 -- In the 1960s, the office of the secretary of defense under Robert S. McNamara closed 60 installations without congressional involvement, causing enough economic and political waves for Congress to intervene and propose legislation to guide the process, according to the Web site Globalsecurity.org.
  32. Bush names physicist, space fan to run NASA By Warren E. Leary The New York Times March 12, 2005 -- ohn Pike, head of Globalsecurity.org in Washington, and an expert on space issues and the Strategic Defense Initiative, said Griffin is well versed about politics and the civilian and defense sides of the aerospace industry. "The intersection between politics and the aerospace industry is territory he's quite familiar with," Pike said, referring to Griffin's experience with the Strategic Defense Initiative and In-Q-Tel.
  33. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Scary weapons in the making Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL) March 11, 2005 -- An article at (www.newscientist.com) detailed a new military weapon being built that sends an electromagnetic pulse from a laser from more than one and a quarter mile away to its targets. The intended use is "to deter, disable, and distract individuals," according to (Global Security.org).
  34. Wanted: Intelligence Nuclear Program SHOW: WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH PETER JENNINGS (06:30 PM ET) - ABC March 9, 2005 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: Given the intelligence failure that we had with Iraq, I think that the administration is simply not going to be able to convince much of the rest of the world that Iran is working on atomic bombs.
  35. Protection not in place for electric WMD By Dee Ann Divis UPI March 9, 2005 -- "It is just very difficult to imagine how terrorists are going to be able to lay hands on a nuclear-tipped missile, and launch it and reprogram it in such a way that it would be a high-altitude burst like that," said Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "I would be concerned about a state doing that. I would certainly be concerned about North Korea pulling a stunt like that. That would have to be a real concern -- that North Korea would do it."
  36. The invisible wounded By Mark Benjamin Salon.com March 8, 2005 -- John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense information Web site, has spent a great deal of time trying to tease out the difference between facts and Pentagon spin. He said it is odd that the Pentagon hasn't done a good job of explaining the late-night flights. "It is puzzling because there are perfectly sensible explanations for this, but those are not the explanations being offered," Pike said. "And the explanation being offered makes no sense. It makes no sense."
  37. 224th commander tells challenges By Kiley Miller The Hawk Eye March 7, 2005 -- According to an article posted on the military affairs Web site www.GlobalSecurity.org, each device is unique, but all contain five essentials: a fuse, detonator, explosive fill, power for the detonator and some type of container. Many are set off from a distance by cell phone, pager or toy remote.
  38. Many Missteps Tied to Delay Of Armor to Protect Soldiers By Michael Moss The New York Times March 7, 2005 -- The Defense Department had been producing various I.E.D. countermeasures. But the Pentagon did not start ordering large quantities of one of the most promising ones, known as the Warlock, until December 2003, nine months after the war began, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a research firm based in Alexandria, Va.
  39. Europe may sell copters to Iran, China By Peter Urban Connecticut Post March 7, 2005 -- I think that the Europeans would sell their grandmothers to the Iranians if they thought they could make a buck, said Pike, who is director of the nonprofit GlobalSecurity.org.
  40. Mountain Home awaits word on base realignment By Faith Bremner Gannett News Service March 4, 2005 -- "If this round is as big as they are saying, it would blow the others out of the water," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense and security Web site.
  41. Guard unit getting ready to head home By Kevin Graman Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA) March 4, 2005 -- During its deployment, the 81st Brigade had an infantry battalion in Baghdad's "Green Zone," an artillery battalion in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, a cavalry unit in Kuwait, an air defense artillery unit at Baghdad International Airport, two armor battalions providing security around Baghdad and an engineering battalion dispersed to several other locations, according to GlobalSecurity.org, which keeps track of U.S. military abroad.
  42. U.S. rail network still vulnerable to terror By Steve Johnson MSNBC.com March 3, 2005 -- "People are willing to put up with inconvenience every time they board an aircraft," said Francois Boo, a terrorism expert with GlobalSecurity.org. "But if you required the same procedures every time you board a subway, every day, just to go a couple of stops, that's different."
  43. General says Pentagon must do more to stop roadside bombings in Iraq By Robert Burns The Associated Press March 2, 2005 -- IEDs: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/intro/ied-iraq.htm
  44. Digging in: if the U.S. government doesn't plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build "enduring" bases? By Joshua Hammer Mother Jones March 01, 2005 -- John Pike, a military analyst who runs the research group GlobalSecurity.org, has identified a dozen of these bases, including three large facilities in and around Baghdad: the Green Zone, Camp Victory North, and Camp al-Rasheed, the site of Iraq's former military airport.
  45. The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet By David Talbot Technology Review March 1, 2005 -- "The long-range vision is that the president will wake up some day and decide he doesn't like the cut of someone's jib and send thither infinite numbers of myrmidons-robotic warriors-and that we could wage a war in which we wouldn't put at risk our precious skins" is how John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a leading defense policy website, puts it.
  46. Ritual Abuse By Tara McKelvey The American Prospect March 2005 -- Saddam Hussein was tracked to his "spider hole" on December 13, 2003, because Americans had unraveled a "social network," says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank that looks at defense policy
  47. World needs U.S. military force By Christopher George Wink The Temple News (Temple University, Philadelphia PA) March 1, 2005 -- According to The New York Times, the U.S. military budget will total $419.3 billion. That should be astounding, considering that, according to GlobalSecurity.org, the total military expenditures for every country in the world combined is only $500 billion.